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Chemical spill at Wyandotte County jail sends seven to hospital

Chemical spill at Wyandotte County jail sends seven to hospital

A chemical spill at the Wyandotte County jail sent seven people to a hospital Tuesday, according to fire officials. Emergency crews responded to the jail about 2 p.m. after the spill occurred while inmates were cleaning, officials said.
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A chemical spill at the Wyandotte County jail sent seven people to a hospital Tuesday, according to fire officials. Emergency crews responded to the jail about 2 p.m. after the spill occurred while inmates were cleaning, officials said.

A chemical spill at the Wyandotte County jail sent seven people to a hospital Tuesday, according to fire officials.

Emergency crews responded to the jail about 2 p.m. after a cleaning crew mixed bleach with another chemical causing the spill, officials said. Officials did not identify the chemicals.

People in the jail were exposed to the chemicals inhaled fumes and showed symptoms of being harmed, according to Assistant Fire Chief Morris Letcher of the Kansas City, Kansas, Fire Department.

Of the seven taken to a hospital, three were prisoners and four were staff. The extent of injuries were not available, but were mostly shortness of breath, Letcher said.

It appeared that bleach and another chemical was mixed together and exposure to the fumes affected some people, Letcher said. About five gallons of the chemicals spilled.

“We are ventilating the building, trying to get the fumes out,” Letcher said. “We are also trying to figure out how to extricate the actual spill outside of the room that it was exposed to.”

Administrative staff were evacuated from the building.

No one was being allowed to enter the courthouse or detention center. There was no need to evacuate inmates from the jail because they were not in danger, Letcher said.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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