Chemical leak forces evacuation

February 20, 2009 1:54:07 PM PST
Firefighters evacuated a building on North Wilmington Street because of a Freon leak.The building houses the State Laboratory of Public Health which provides laboratory services to doctors.

The alarm in the building was initially set off by Freon released by a crew working on the air conditioning on one floor.

At the same time, completely by coincidence, a burning odor was reported. That turned out to be a totally unrelated situation with a loose belt on an air conditioning system on a different floor.

The building was evacuated in an orderly fashion. Everything is fine now.