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Breaking news in Pueblo West--- 25 people have shown up at the Parkview ER off Highway 50 complaining of nausea, vomiting, and eye irritation. Ambulances from across the area have been called in to help and it has been declared a HAZMAT situation.
A total of 22 people were treated at area hospitals this morning after officials reported finding extremely high levels of carbon monoxide throughout the Brevard County Sheriff’s Complex in Titusville. Several employees reported feeling light-headed and were treated by paramedics and at one point Titusville Fire Department crews were preparing to evacuate the 9-1-1 dispatch center, officials reported. The incident was reported at about 9:30 a.m. today at the 700 S. Park Ave. “There were two patients checked out initially and by 10 a.m. we started to have more that wanted to be checked out,” Lt. Jeff Taylor, spokesman for Brevard County Fire-Rescue, said earlier. “They had a carbon monoxide detector going off for a couple of hours.” Officials reported that in recent days work crews on the roof had been using gas-fueled internal combustion engines for a project. Six people were taken to Wuesthoff Hospital while another seven were transported to Parrish Medical Center. It was not immediately known how many of those affected involved sheriff’s employees. Titusville Fire Department crews brought in two heavy electric fans to help air out portions of the building. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that is potentially fatal to people in large amounts and can cause flu-like symptoms as it reduces the body’s ability to take in oxygen.
West with symptoms that are consistent with HAZARDOUS MATERIALS EXPOSURE. These individuals work at 2 Jetway, Integrated Document Solutions, at the Pueblo Memorial Airport Industrial Park. As a precaution, all those individuals are being decontaminated for possible exposure to an unknown chemical. Pueblo Fire Department is on scene at 2 Jetway and has requested additional support from Rural Fire Department. In addition, Pueblo West Fire Department is at the Parkview location in Pueblo West to assist hospital staff with decontamination. A decontamination site has also been set up at the Pueblo Memorial Airport Park. The building has been emptied and is secure. No sheltering in place or evacuations have been ordered. Pueblo City Schools have not been directed to do anything at this time regarding the chemical spill at the airport, but has decided to shut down the air systems at East HS, Spann and Baca as a precautionary measure. CSU-Pueblo is taking precautionary measures and shutting down their air systems that bring in outside air to the their buildings.
From the Department of Emergency Mgmt: 25 people were exposed to a hazardous materials spill at "Integrated Document Solutions" a business on Jetway Ct. near the Pueblo airport. They're being treated at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo West. Others are being decontaminated on site by the Pueblo Fire Department. No evacuations have been ordered by authorities.
kktv11news KKTV 11 News Pueblo Co. says the situation@Airport is not a chemical spill...no chemicals have been found in air. Reason for employee sickness not known.
Lisa Shorter, with the PCSO says there was no spill and they're testing the air, but no chemicals have even been found at this time. The reason for the sickness is unknown at this time.