6 Hurt, 1 Seriously, in Acid Spill at 21-Story Building on the Upper East Side, Officials Say

WNBC 4 - July 01, 2019

One person was transported to a hospital in serious condition, fire officials say.

Six people were hurt, one of them seriously, in an acid spill at a 21-story building on the Upper East Side Monday, fire officials said.

The FDNY says it received a call regarding the spill of muriatic acid -- also known as hydrochloric acid -- at the Yorkshire Towers on East 86th Street around 9:30 a.m.

Hazmat teams responded, and ground footage showed a significant FDNY presence at the scene. The acid was somehow connected to a pool at the building, but it wasn't clear if the spill was in the water or the surrounding area or else.

It took more than three hours to get the situation under control.

Of the half-dozen total hurt, four were firefighters, officials said. The seriously injured civilian was the only patient taken to a hospital.

The investigation is ongoing.