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November 4, 2011 at 5:46 AM

Odor forces evacuation of Kent building

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About 50 people were evacuated from a building in downtown Kent last night after several reported feeling ill, according to the Kent Fire Department.

Firefighters were called at around 10:20 p.m. when several people began complaining of nausea and lightheadedness due to some sort of odor, said Capt. Kyle Ohashi, public information officer for the department. The building, in the 20800 block of 72nd Avenue South, houses an Alaska Airlines call center.

A dozen people were evaluated at the scene by medics, but none were transported to the hospital. Ohashi several people left the scene prior to the Fire Department’s arrival and indicated that they may go to a local hospital on their own.

Once the affected people were outside the symptoms quickly subsided, he said.

The Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Response Team was unable to locate the source of the odor that caused the symptoms. The employees were allowed to reenter the building early this morning.

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