- Associated Press - Friday, January 8, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Officials say a liquid oxygen leak has forced some Salem residents to evacuate their homes.

Salem firefighters responded to a report of a hazardous materials situation Thursday night. KGW-TV reports (https://goo.gl/VVaiuG ) the leak was contained at 8:40 p.m. but evacuations were continuing due to a high combustion risk.

The evacuation of about six blocks around the 4600 block of Windsor Way Northeast was expected to last about 12 hours.

Displaced residents were staying warm on a city bus and others headed to a shelter opened by the American Red Cross at the McKay High School gym.

Officials are asking people to avoid the area.

It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the leak.


Information from: KGW-TV, https://www.kgw.com/

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