Cortland YWCA evacuated following chlorine leak

A fire truck from the City of Cortland Fire Department stationed outside the YWCA of Cortland, Clayton Avenue, Wednesday afternoon (Photo: Peter Blanchard/Cortland Voice)

CORTLAND, N.Y. — The YWCA of Cortland was evacuated Wednesday afternoon after staff members discovered a chlorine leak in the basement of the building, officials said.

At around 12 p.m. Wednesday, the City of Cortland Fire Department was called to the YWCA of Cortland on Clayton Avenue for a reported chlorine leak.

Responding firefighters located the source of the leak in a tubing line connected to the swimming pool in the basement of the building, according to Cortland Deputy Fire Chief Wayne Friedman.

Once the leak was located, power was shut off to the building so crews could make necessary repairs.

The leak presented only a minor hazard to people inside the building, Friedman said. No injuries were reported.

The building was evacuated and closed for about one hour before people were allowed back inside the facility.