More than a dozen people were taken to hospitals after they reported respiratory problems caused by a chemical odor in a SeaTac hotel Monday afternoon.
Employees and guests reported a chemical smell on the fourth floor of the six-story Coast Gateway Hotel in the 18400 block of International Boulevard shortly after noon Monday, according to the Kent Fire Department. Thirteen people were taken to hospitals with minor breathing distress and several others declined aid but were evaluated as a precaution.
The Fire Department hazardous-materials response team searched the building for more than two hours but was unable to find a source of the odor. The hotel was ventilated before employees and guests were allowed to come back into the building, the Fire Department said.