Fire retardant foam floods streets after San Jose airport malfunction

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Friday, November 18, 2016
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San Jose fire department says a malfunction at the San Jose airport in a new hangar has caused a malfunction which has resulted in a foam flooding the 300 block of Martin Avenue in Santa Clara.

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- A malfunction at a hangar at Mineta San Jose International Airport resulted in the release of fire retardant foam that flooded surrounding streets, fire officials said on Friday.

San Jose fire department warned people to not touch the foam, as it can cause skin irritation.

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A malfunction at the San Jose International Airport resulted in foam flooding the streets of Santa Clara, Calif. on Friday, Nov. 18, 2016. (KGO-TV)

Firefighters are on the scene.

The foam has flooded the hangar at San Jose airport and is blowing into surrounding surface streets. Fire officials say foam was released after a fire alarm malfunctioned at the hangar, which deals with jet planes.

The hangar is owned by Signature Flight Support and accommodates large cabin sized aircraft. They provide support services like aviation fueling.