BREA, Calif. (AP) - Seven workers were treated for eye and
throat irritation as City Hall was evacuated for three hours
Wednesday, but firefighters were unable to find the source for the
ailments.
The Fire Department's hazardous materials unit made a sweep of
City Hall but found no unusual chemical readings despite a report
of noxious odors, said Fire Chief Dave Huffman. "Nothing
definitive was found," he said.
About 250 people were evacuated at 3:30 p.m. when a City Hall
worker reported an unusual smell and then collapsed as she walked
through the building with a fire battalion chief. Three workers
were taken to a hospital and paramedics treated and released four
with eye and throat irritation.
The city has used the building for more than 22 years without
incident.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press