No Injuries in Lithium Ion Battery Company Fire in Hayward

By: Brian Shields - Fri, 08 Jun 2012 21:03:32 -0800

HAYWARD (BCN) -- Firefighters responded to a hazardous materials fire at a lithium  ion battery company's laboratory in Hayward Friday afternoon, a fire captain  said.

      The fire was reported at 3:35 p.m. at Seeo, a company located at  3906 Trust Way, Hayward fire Capt. Thor Poulsen said.

      Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke and fire at the company's  lab, and eventually found the source of the blaze -- a bucket with the  chemical hexane in it that had caught fire, Poulsen said.

      The chemical is extremely flammable and burns with a nearly  invisible flame, he said, adding that investigators do not know why the  material caught fire.

      The blaze was extinguished at 3:56 p.m. and was contained to the  laboratory, according to Poulsen.

      About 25 employees at the company were safely evacuated from the  building and no injuries were reported to any firefighters or civilians,  Poulsen said.

      The fire department's hazardous materials coordinator and fire  marshal were at the company late this afternoon to try to determine the cause  of the fire, which caused about $1,000 in damage to the lab, Poulsen said.

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