Garbage truck catches fire, emits chlorine fumes

A garbage truck caught fire in Airmont just after 10 a.m. on Monday.

A garbage truck caught fire in Airmont just after 10 a.m. on Monday.

A garbage truck caught fire in Airmont just after 10 a.m. on Monday. (9/21/15)

AIRMONT - A garbage truck caught fire in Airmont just after 10 a.m. on Monday.

The Rockland County Hazmat Team was called to the truck on Kent Road after it began leaking chlorine and other unknown liquids, according to officials.

The garbage truck driver realized there was a problem as smoking chlorine fumes began billowing out of the truck.

Firefighters safely evacuated people from their homes on Kent Road and then sent in the hazmat workers to deal with the chemicals.

Residents of the neighborhood say they are relieved there was such a quick response.

The driver was taken to a hospital for chlorine inhalation, but authorities believe his injuries are not serious.

Firefighters at the scene emphasized that pool chemicals should never be thrown out in the garbage.

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