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At least 7 people sickened by odor at Lincoln Heights warehouse

November 4, 2012 | 11:52 am

Los Angeles firefighters and hazmat experts were investigating an unknown odor inside a Lincoln Heights warehouse that sickened at least seven people Sunday morning, officials said.

Crews were first called to the warehouse in the 3800 block of North Mission Road shortly before 10 a.m., said Los Angeles Fire spokesman Brian Humphrey. There, Humphrey said, a custodian said he thought the odor originated from a plastic bag in a trash can that he had moved to an outside dumpster before firefighters arrived.

Humphrey said firefighters had yet to determine the source of the odor.

By 11:30 a.m., seven people complained of nausea and vomiting, Humphrey said, and were expected to be evaluated further at an area hospital.

No evacuations have been ordered, as the incident seemed to be limited to a "very small area" of the warehouse, which building personnel told Humphrey was an estimated 2-million square feet in size.

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