Downtown Tacoma apartment building partially evacuated in response to chemical odor

Staff writerMay 6, 2014 


Crews evacuated the first floor of a downtown Tacoma apartment building Tuesday after a report of a chemical odor there about 4:30 p.m., and had others in the building shelter in place as they investigated.

Tacoma Fire spokesman Joe Meinecke said four people were evaluated at the scene, and one was taken to the hospital for an unrelated medical issue.

Broadway and Commerce streets were blocked off as crews responded, he said, and Tacoma Link service was suspended.

He said hazardous materials technicians with air monitoring equipment said the building was safe and cleared the scene shortly before 7 p.m.

They didn't determine what caused the odor.


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