Avondale authorities are investigating an incident that resulted in the deaths of two men, and the hospitalization of four firefighters on Aug. 29.
The two adult males were employees of Danny’s Truck Wash at 925 N. 101st Avenue and were attempting to clean the inside of a liquid tanker. According to Avondale firefighters, the men were exposed to “residual” chemicals inside of the empty tank.
Reportedly, the tanker was empty at the time of the incident.
Officers for Avondale responded to a call about the two men around 12:45 p.m. when they determined it was a hazmat situation and called in for help from the fire department.
Fire crews donned hazmat gear and entered the truck-washing bay where they recovered the two men’s bodies. Dozens of firefighters from Avondale, Buckeye, Goodyear, Phoenix and Tolleson responded; however, the Avondale Police Department is the investigating agency.
According to police, the first man collapsed and fell unconscious, which prompted the second man to go in to help. He, too, fell unconscious. The bodies were recovered and pronounced dead at the scene. Their names haven’t been released.
The police said there was not a hazardous material spill and the public was not in danger.
Fire crews say the men were exposed to residual chemicals inside of the tank.
Due to the length of the call, four firefighters suffered heat-related illnesses unrelated to the hazardous materials. Each of the four firefighters have since been released from the hospital and are resting at home, according to police.