Solvent fumes spark evacuation of Loma Linda med center

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LOMA LINDA, Calif. (AP) – Several floors of Loma Linda University Medical Center, including the emergency room, have been evacuated after people became dizzy when an adhesive sprayed onto the building’s roof was sucked into the air system.

Fire Marshal James Gray says construction crews were using a solvent-based adhesive for routine roof repairs at 11:15 a.m. Thursday when people inside began complaining. Gray says several floors were evacuated, although he didn’t know exactly how many people had to leave.

Hospital spokeswoman Briana Pastorino says 18 were evacuated from the emergency department. She says there are no reports of injuries.

TV news footage showed several people, including some in beds, outside the hospital 60 miles east of Los Angeles. Fans were being used to clear the air inside.

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