One Man Dies, Two Others in Serious Condition After Inhaling Fumes in Los Angeles.
Toxic fumes in a storage tank at a biotechnology plant in Atwater Village, a neighborhood in northwest Los Angeles, killed one man and left two others in critical condition. The incident occurred at the Baxter International Inc. plant on January 21, 2011.
The men were cleaning the four-foot-tall and five-foot-wide tank with detergent when they were overcome by ethanol fumes. The tank stored blood product and ethanol is used to separate blood plasma. One man was outside of the tank and had called 911 several times before succumbing to the fumes.
Firefighters called to the site arrived and were able to revive one man. They remove the men from inside the tank. One man would later die at the hospital but it is unknown if that was the man who was revived. A hazardous materials team was sent to the site.
Baxter International Inc. is based in Deerfield, Illinois. According to their website, the global bioscience corporation makes a variety of medical products from vaccines to dialysis materials. Its plasma-derived products include clotting factor for hemophiliacs and treatments for immune system deficiencies, burns and shock.
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