Officials respond to hydrochloric acid leak in Camanche

CAMANCHE — The Camanche Fire Department responded Thursday to a chemical spill at a local business.

The Camanche Fire Department was dispatched to Hawkins Chemical Company, 2619 Industrial Park Drive, Camanche, for a hydrochloric acid leak. Fire crews found that a railcar of hydrochloric acid, which was being unloaded, had a connection break that allowed product to leak onto the ground. Davenport Haz-Mat was notified prior to the Camanche Fire Department's arrival.

Fire crews, along with the Camanche Police Department, secured the scene, and nearby businesses were notified of the situation. Responders from Hawkins Chemical Company were able to stop the leak and contain the spill.

The Davenport Fire Department and Clinton County Emergency Management arrived at the scene and assisted with isolation and migration of the spill. The Clinton Fire Department assisted at the site with one battalion chief and a drone. There were no injuries.

The incident was brought under control in about five hours. Officials estimate approximately 1,500 gallons of product was released. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources was notified of the incident. An estimate of dollar loss has not been released.