Four hospitalized in hazmat incident in Lockport
BY BRIAN STANLEY firstname.lastname@example.org October 15, 2013 3:44PM
Updated: October 15, 2013 10:06PM
LOCKPORT — Four people were hospitalized Tuesday after being overcome by fumes at the secretary of state’s office.
Lockport Township Fire Protection District Chief Dave Skoryi said firefighters were called just before 1 p.m. to 1029 E. Ninth St. after customers reported “noxious fumes.”
About 15 employees and customers were in the office at the time.
Witnesses said the four people who were taken by ambulance were “coughing.”
A fleet of ambulances were called from neighboring departments, and part of the shopping plaza was blocked off while a hazmat team examined the office.
As of 3:30 p.m., no toxins had been found and the patients who’d been hospitalized were showing no ill effects and were expected to be release.
At 3:55 p.m., the hazmat team declared the building was clear, and the people who had been inside were allowed to leave, Skoryi said. Investigators were trying to determine the source of the fumes.