San Pablo evacuation ongoing as crews work to safely remove hazardous materials

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Fire, HAZMAT and police remain on the scene of a hazardous material event that's prompted the evacuation of several blocks of San Pablo, as there is
Photo courtesy of the San Pablo Police Department.

Fire, HAZMAT and police remained on the scene Thursday of a hazardous material event that’s prompted the evacuation of several blocks of San Pablo. There is “still an active hazardous materials event and crews are still working to clear up the scene as safely as possible,” according to city officials.

Crews will be present through today as they are “still working to clear up the scene as safely as possible,” officials said.

The incident began at the home where a chemist reportedly stored chemicals in a shed for a long time that may have become unstable, according to reports from news crews at the scene.

“Hundreds of boxes found with several known and unknown hazardous materials,” San Pablo officials said.

Residents within a six block radius of the 900 Block of Stanton Avenue in San Pablo were evacuated and staged at Contra Costa College Gym.