Outdoor Press Conference 7:40 AM Thursday for Beach Park Hazmat Involving Anhydrous Ammonia

Information from a 7:40 a.m. Press Conference with Lake County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Christopher Covelli and Lake Forest Fire Chief Mike Gallo.

Important points of Press Conference …

Report of vehicle fire, but smoke was from anhydrous ammonia fumes, not a vehicle fire.

Initially there was a report of a crash, but initial investigation indicates there was no crash.

Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies first on scene overcome by ammonia fumes with deputies listed in “serious but stable condition.”

12-15 patients transported (including the Lake County Sheriff’s Deputies).

Residents were calling 9-1-1 with reports of symptoms.

About 20 ambulances staged at a middle school north of the scene.

Chief Gallo said the inhalation of the can cause death, but no deaths were reported Thursday morning.

To alert the public, Chief Gallo said social media was used; and Covelli said that reverse 9-1-1 was used along with social media.

After the press conference, it was learned there were a total of about 30 transports.

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