Building odor sickens two in College Park
UPDATE, 11:25 a.m.
Firefighters have determined the odor that sicked two people in a building near College Park Friday morning originated from an industrial strength cleaning product a restaurant was using to clean its cooking equipment, authorities said.
The odor prompted the evacuation of the roughly 300 workers at 6511 America Boulevard, a four-story office building with shops and restaurants on the ground level, authorities said. Two workers complained of being sick, but they quickly felt better after they left the building, authorities said. No one was hospitalized.
Firefighters were first notified of the incident at about 10 a.m., authorities said. By 10:45 a.m., the building was ventilated and all the workers were allowed back inside.
Two people were sickened by an odor in a College Park building Friday morning, and firefighters are on scene investigating the source, authorities said.
The incident occurred in the 6500 block of American Boulevard. Mark Brady, a Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department spokesman, said firefighters were initially called for a report of an odor and one sick person. They arrived to find a second person sick on scene.
As of 10:20 a.m., paramedics remained on the scene treating the victims, Brady said. He said firefighters could not immediately locate the source of the odor, but they were checking a restaurant in the area where construction work was being done.
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