Garage containing chlorine catches fire, sends 13 firefighters to a hospital for treatment


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HAMILTON, New Jersey — Officials are investigating a blaze that sent more than a dozen firefighters to hospitals in New Jersey. reports ( ) 13 firefighters were treated Wednesday after battling a blaze that ripped through two garages.

Officials say one of the garages had a container of chlorine in it that's typically used in pools. When it burned, it let off a gas that caused several respiratory injuries.

Officials moved bystanders and firefighters a block away from the incident as a chemical odor hung in the air.

Officials say a dozen firefighters had been taken to hospitals for respiratory testing and another was treated for facial burns.

Authorities from the Mercer County Prosecutor's Office are investigating the blaze.

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