Created on Tuesday, 17 September 2013 Written by AP
CANTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in the northeast Ohio city of Canton say residents in a roughly 20-block area were evacuated as a fire in a closed factory released potentially harmful sulfur dioxide into the air.
Responders trained to handle hazardous materials were called to the former packaging business, where firefighters continued dousing the smoking building Tuesday morning.
Firefighters initially responded to the blaze Monday afternoon. Battalion Chief Tom Garra says area residents later were evacuated because air monitors detected sulfur dioxide at levels that weren't life-threatening but posed a health hazard. Those levels had dropped by early Tuesday.
Garra says white smoke released from the initial blaze indicated a possible chemical reaction or leak.
The site had been used by Convoy Containers. Its website indicates it went out of business in 2011.