Thursday, May 5, 2011

13 People Sent to Hospital in Hazmat Situation‎, New York - UPDATE: Cause of Hazmat Scare Remains Unknown - 5th May 2011

Thirteen people at a local community health clinic were treated and released at Evergreen Medical Center in Redmond after they reported feeling nauseous and dizzy this morning.

Crews from the Redmond Fire Department responded to the scene at Healthpoint clinic on Northeast 87th Street at about 9:30 a.m., said department spokesman Jim Bove. Initial air tests did not show anything abnormal, and the Eastside Hazardous Materials Team was called in to perform its own tests, which also did not detect anything amiss.

An FBI Haz-Mat team was called to the scene as a precautionary measure, Bove said, and crews from the Woodinville and Bellevue fire departments were also on the scene.

"At this point ... there are really no red flags going up on our end," Bove said.

Northeast 87th Street was closed between 161st and 164th avenues northeast for several hours and reopened at about 2:30 p.m.

Debbie Wilkinson, chief operations officer for Healthpoint, said employees in the health center noticed something was amiss when they detected an odor toward the back of the building.

"Staff started feeling light-headed and nauseous," she said, adding that the workers have no idea what caused them to feel sick.

"It's an unknown at this point," Wilkinson said. Read More

"They'll turn the place upside down looking for anything that might have caused this," he said. "We're not going to open until we know what's going on."