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May 4, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Chemical spill averted in Lake Union warehouse fire

The blue skies over Seattle were marred by dark smoke from a fire that broke out around 2:15 this afternoon in a warehouse at 1443 North Northlake Way.

Firefighters were at first concerned about the possibility of a toxic spill when they found containers of nickel cobalt, a green, acidic material used in metal plating.

Nothing got into nearby Lake Union, but firefighters cordoned off a block-long area to protect people from fumes, said Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore.

The fire was caused by electricity arcing from equipment, and damages are estimated at $150,000.

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