Woman drops off chemicals at West Valley fire station prompting hazmat situation

Posted at 11:09 AM, Sep 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-16 14:47:47-04

A West Valley fire station halted operations on Friday morning after a community member dropped off chemicals in attempts of disposing of the liquids. 

According to a Phoenix Fire Department spokesperson, a woman had dropped off a large amount of chemicals at the fire station near 71st Avenue and McDowell Road around 9 a.m. 

Officials said the woman's husband had just passed away and she was trying to get rid of some of the man's belongings. 

Fire officials said the chemicals posed no hazards to the environment, no evacuations were needed and there were the nearby community was not in any danger.

Hazardous material trucks were brought in to research what some of the chemicals were. Officials said some of the chemicals have been identified and they are working on properly disposing of them. 

Phoenix fire officials strongly recommend people search how to properly dispose of chemicals and suggest not just dropping them off at a fire station.