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Local mayors visit Kadena AB to monitor facility damaged in fire

  • June 26, 2020
  • , Okinawa Times, Ryukyu Shimpo
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Okinawa Times and Ryukyu Shimpo reported that on Thursday the mayors and other officials of the three municipalities hosting Kadena AB conducted an onsite inspection of the facility that caught fire on Monday. A USAF colonel, who commanded the operation to extinguish the fire, reportedly briefed the visitors on the situation, explaining that no harmful materials, including toxic chlorine gas, were released outside the base. The officer also noted that the facility did not house any hazardous materials other than calcium hypochlorite, and that nobody was seriously wounded in the fire. As for the delay in notifying the municipalities of the incident, the colonel reportedly said the base authorities first tried to ascertain the impact of the fire by  conducting an investigation based on the belief that releasing potentially misleading information would trigger confusion. Ryukyu Shimpo said the base commander may have heeded the mayors’ request for swift access to the site in a bid to play up the U.S. military’s willingness to maintain a cooperative relationship with the base-hosting communities.

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