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18 Fort Worth frozen food company workers exposed to hazardous chemical, official says

Eighteen employees of a downtown Fort Worth frozen food manufacturing company were decontaminated Saturday after they were exposed to a potentially hazardous chemical, authorities said.

The exposure occurred during a small fire about 12:30 p.m. at the business in the 3700 block of East 1st Street. The fire was extinguished by sprinklers.

Two of the 18 exposed employees were taken to a hospital with minor injuries, a MedStar spokesman said. The others were treated at the scene.

The name of the business and the type of chemical was not immediately clear, a fire department spokesman said. There was no danger to the public because the material was contained at the facility.

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Emerson Clarridge covers crime and other breaking news for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He works evenings and reports on law enforcement affairs in Tarrant County. He previously was a reporter at the Omaha World-Herald and the Observer-Dispatch in Utica, New York.