Published: 19th February 2009This evening firefighters from Alexandria, Mascot, Newtown, Marrickville, City of Sydney, Hazmat specialists from Alexandria and Greenacre and the Duty Commander responded to a Hazmat emergency in Alexandria. Fire crews were on scene in seven minutes to hear reports of fumes coming from a container on the back of a truck. The area was cordoned off, 50 people evacuated and a decontamination zone established. Firefighters wearing protective suits removed and examined the contents of the container. After a thorough check with detectors fire crews declared the area safe. Eight people were taken to hospital.