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Strong odor at Newport Beach building sends eight to hospital

September 7, 2011 |  8:50 am

Newps Newport Beach firefighters took eight people to local hospitals after responding to a strong, unidentified odor emanating within a Newport Beach office building Tuesday evening.

About 5 p.m. firefighters were called to a two-story facility in the 100 block of Newport Center Drive, near Fashion Island. Authorities saw many leaving the building and its underground parking area with their eyes and mouths covered, Newport Beach Fire Department spokeswoman Jennifer Schulz told the Daily Pilot.

An odor was reportedly irritating people's eyes and causing some to have difficultly breathing, Schulz said.

About 100 left the affected facility, which was evacuated, and neighboring buildings. Responders treated a total of 21 victims, according to Schulz.

The eight patients who needed additional treatment were taken to Hoag Hospital facilities in Newport Beach and Irvine.

A five-hour search for the source of the odor was unsuccessful, Schulz said.

The Orange County Health Care Agency and fire units from Costa Mesa, Huntington Beach and the Orange County Fire Authority responded, Schulz said.

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Image: Map shows location of a building in Newport Beach where an odor reportedly irritated people's eyes and caused some to have difficultly breathing. Source: Google Maps

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