CSFD Hazmat truck

Hazmat crews are responding to an area near South El Paso and E Cimarron streets for a hazardous material leak.

A hazardous material leak was reported just east of the downtown Colorado Springs area Monday morning, according to the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

The department originally reported that over 50 gallons of "multiple chemicals" were spilled at 547 E. Cimarron St., near the South Shooks Run Park.

According to CSFD public information officer Ashley Franco, the actual spill quantity and type of chemical is still under investigation. Crews believe an overnight fire at the Best Finishes business caused the spill, which was called in by "Good Samaritans" who dammed the spill from traveling further from the business, she said.

Residents are asked to avoid the area, as the department sent five crews to respond to the incident area. An initial safety zone has been established, CSFD said.

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Franco said crews will likely be on scene into the afternoon and for the better part of the day.