Mesa police building evacuated, 4 taken to hospital after generator releases smoke - East Valley Tribune: Public Safety

Mesa police building evacuated, 4 taken to hospital after generator releases smoke

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Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2012 1:37 pm | Updated: 3:04 pm, Thu Jul 12, 2012.

A Mesa Police building was closed while crews investigated a recently-installed generator that released smoke and caused the evacuation of the building and four people to be taken to the hospital on Thursday.

About 10:30 a.m., about 60 people were evacuated from the building on East 6th Place near University Drive and Center Street, according to the Mesa Fire Department.

An emergency generator was being tested at a communications building when employees reported the quickly spreading odor, according to Mesa Fire spokesman Capt. Forrest Smith. It is believed that the non-toxic fumes came from paint on the new generator’s mufflers, which released an odor when the generator was turned on.

However, air monitoring systems showed that no toxic vapors were released.

The four city employees who were hospitalized, told fire emergency crews they felt sick and were having difficulty breathing, Smith said.

Officials plan to contact the company that made the generator.

Operations inside the building are continuing, but it’s unknown when employees will be allowed back inside. Those in need of emergency services will not see any interruptions in the city’s public safety services.

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