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Paint fumes lead to office evacuation in Madison


MADISON (WKOW) -- An office building was evacuated on Madison's west side Monday afternoon after occupants reported having trouble breathing.

The Madison Fire Department was called to 583 D'Onofrio Dr. just before 2 p.m. MFD spokesperson Lori Wirth says seven people who were inside the building reported feeling sick, but they began to feel better once they got to fresh air. No one was taken to the hospital.

The fire department's hazmat team found a tenant on the second floor had been painting a wall using a paint containing isocyanates, which can cause allergic reactions. The paint contained cautionary warnings about inhalation and was supposed to be used in a well-ventilated area. However, the area being painted was in an enclosed office space with windows that cannot be opened.

Wirth says fumes from the paint got into the building's ventilation system and spread throughout the second floor.

People who worked in the building were allowed to return, but they were warned to be alert to any further reactions and to leave the building if any symptoms returned.


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