Multiple people injured in Lakeland chemical explosion

LAKELAND, Fla. - Three people were injured following a chemical explosion at Ruthven Warehouses, the Lakeland Fire Department said. 

Firefighters responded to 3135 Drane Field Rd. at about 4 p.m.

The explosion involved toluene and sodium hypochlorite, which are used to clean kettles that food flavorings are made in, authorities said.

The three victims suffered chemical burns. Two were transported to Tampa General Hospital while the third was taken to Lakeland Regional Hospital, authorities said. All were last listed in stable condition.

Six employees, along with six from neighboring offices and four firefighters, were decontaminated. About 50 people total were evacuated from the area.

No further information was immediately available. 

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