Fumes force evacuation from hospital

March 9, 2009 10:35:57 AM PDT
About 500 people have been evacuated from a hospital campus in Denver because of fumes from a mixture of hazardous chemicals. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

National Jewish Health spokesman William Allstetter says most of those evacuated Monday were staff members. About 35 people were taken to other hospitals for treatment, mostly for nausea and respiratory irritation.

The evacuations included about 90 children who were at the hospital.

Allstetter says chlorine and hydrochloric acid were spilled or inadvertently mixed during maintenance work at a swimming pool on the hospital campus.

Allstetter says three buildings were evacuated, but the main hospital wasn't affected and doctors are still seeing patients.

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