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Posted at 5:38 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Marriott evacuated for chemical odor

By Clarence Williams


D.C. Fire department officials said a chemical reaction in a trash compactor created a dangerous odor that forced the evacuation of the Washington Marriott.

Fire department spokesman Pete Piringer said 22nd Street would remain closed until about 6:30 p.m., but other nearby side streets may open sooner.

Expect traffic delays in the area.

5:26 p.m.
D.C. Fire and EMS report that one worker is being evaluated and that officials are working to mitigate a chemical reaction in a service area.

5:01 p.m.
Authorities evacuated a Northwest Washington hotel Thursday and shut down several blocks near 22nd and M streets while they investigated a possible chemical odor coming from the lower levels of the building.

Evening rush hour traffic could be affected.

D.C. Firefighters and Hazmat units were called to the Washington Marriott in the 1200 block of 22nd Street about 4 p.m., said spokesman Pete Piringer. Authorities began evacuating all 250 rooms of the hotel and shut down several nearby blocks.

M Street remains open.

No illnesses were reported and guests are being sheltered at a hotel across the street, Piringer said.

By Clarence Williams  | January 20, 2011; 5:38 PM ET
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