FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
22 May 2013
Contact: Steve Lipsher, Public Information Officer
Office: (970) 262-5209
Chlorine gas leak in Keystone injures two
Two employees of the Keystone Lodge were treated for inhalation of chlorine gas on Wednesday after a pool chlorinator malfunctioned.
Fire crews from Lake Dillon Fire-Rescue and Red, White and Blue Fire and the Summit Fire Authority’s Haz-Mat team responded to the pool building about 9:40 a.m. after employees reported an explosion and the smell of chlorine.
The male and female employees were treated by medics and taken by Summit County Ambulance to the Summit Medical Center for treatment and observation. Chlorine gas is an irritant that can burn the respiratory system if inhaled.
Firefighters discovered that a lid of an automated pool chlorinator had blown off in the explosion, and chlorine tablets that had been exposed to water were generating the gas. A replacement lid was secured and a hose attached to the chlorinator to allow the remaining chlorine-and-water solution to drain off, and the cleanup was turned over to Keystone Resorts and its clean-up contractor.