‘Very toxic’ smoke from Lakewood industrial fire causes evacuations

VIDEO: Hazardous materials fire causes evacuations in Lakewood

LAKEWOOD, Wash. — Nearby homes and businesses were evacuated and the westbound lanes of SR 512 were closed for toxic smoke from an industrial fire in Lakewood.

The fire near 112th Street and Steel Street broke out around 6:30 a.m. Thursday at Special Products, Inc., which manufactures polyurethane coatings and foam.

Graham Fire & Rescue said hazardous materials were burning and the smoke was very toxic. The Pierce County Hazardous Materials Incident Team responded.

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Smoke could be on I-5 heading into Lakewood from several exits away.

Residents received reverse 911 calls about the toxic fire and Lakewood police and the Pierce County deputies performed evacuations.

Multiple streets around the business were closed. Initial evacuations of a 1/2 mile around the Special Products, Inc. building have been downgraded to 1,000 feet.

West Pierce Fire said those who live or work in the area who did not receive evacuation orders are asked to stay inside and close their doors and windows.

The fire is now under control.

The westbound lanes of SR 512 were closed at SR 7 but have since reopened.