Office building deemed safe after 14 taken to hospital with headaches, nausea complaints

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By Ann Marie Shambaugh

The Carmel Fire Dept. transported 14 people from an office building at 10401 N. Meridian St. to the hospital July 13 after they reported headaches or nausea.

Tim Griffin, a CFD spokesman, said the incident began when two people in a small fourth-floor conference room filled with about 40 people passed out. CFD was dispatched to the scene with a report of an unusual odor, but Griffin said that many who were in the room said that they did not notice an odor.

Emergency responders evacuated the building. Griffin said a HazMat team scoured each room but did not find anything unusual. No one outside of the conference room reported any symptoms.

“We basically had HazMat crews for the last hour and a half do extensive monitoring to try and figure out if there was anything there. They had nothing show up,” Griffin said. “(We’re) unsure of what happened.”

Three people were treated at and released at the scene.

Griffin said the building primarily houses offices and does not include any sort of manufacturing or production uses.

At approximately 1 p.m. the building was deemed safe and people were allowed to return inside.


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