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Chlorine leak at Fairmont Hot Springs

Chlorine leak reported at Fairmont Hot Springs
Posted at 12:07 PM, Jun 25, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-27 11:37:14-04

A chlorine leak at Fairmont Hot Springs sent several people to hospitals on Saturday, June 25, 2022.

Twelve people were taken to St. James Healthcare in Butte, and six people were taken to a medical facility in Anaconda.

None of the 18 appeared to be in serious condition, and were taken to hospitals as a precaution and monitoring, according to firefighters.

The explosion occurred in a storage unit where chlorine tablets are stored. The tablets "combusted," sending chlorine fumes into the area.

Butte-Silver Bow Fire Department battalion chief Chad Silk said, "There was a pressure build-up in the chlorine system and some of those chlorine pucks built up pressure and it popped the lid off the tube and that was where some of the gas escaped."

The fire department cleared the hotel lobby and conference area for guests to return inside.

Silk noted, "Fairmont staff did a great job with evacuating all the people here and taking care of their staff and they’ve been more than accommodating for us and really wanted to do the best thing for their clients."


Fairmont Hot Springs is about midway between Butte and Anaconda: