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No 'significant injuries' reported in fire at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base

Photo source: Channel 3's Christina Leavenworth

Crews are investigating an fire that happened at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base Wednesday. The base tweeted "there were no significant injuries".

It happened in a building near the McKinley Climatic Lab. Eglin Air Force Base initially tweeted that the incident was an explosion that happened at the lab a little before 10 a.m.


The base tweeted that the smoke has dissipated. At this time, it is not nown whether the smoke contained methyl chloride.

A shelter in place order was implemented between Eglin Boulevard to Van Matre around 11:21 a.m. as a safety measure. It has since been lifted.

During that time, Eglin instructed residents in that area to turn their HVAC system off. At this time, the base reports there are no significant injuries.

"The source of the smoke has been identified as methyl chloride. Avoid contact with the smoke if possible," said Ilka Cole, public affairs specalist for Eglin Air Force Base.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office (OCSO) said in a Facebook post the surrounding area has been evacuated and a 1,000 foot cordon has been established.

Eglin tweeted "the smoke may contain methyl chloride". The OCSO reports visible smoke does not pose a health hazard to the general public.

The cause of the explosion is under an investigation.

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