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Newport Beach : Noxious Fumes Make 29 Employees Sick

Employees in a Newport Beach office building were forced to evacuate Tuesday morning after 29 people were stricken with dizziness and headaches from fumes from a chemical used to seal concrete.

Employees on the second and third floors complained about the fumes causing headaches, dizziness and nausea. Fire officials decided to evacuate the entire 15-story building at 4696 MacArthur Court because the air-conditioning system was recirculating the air throughout the building.

The fumes came from a chemical used to seal concrete on the first floor.

Officials said 29 people were treated at the scene. Three of them were sent to Hoag Hospital.

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Hospital spokeswoman Pam Bolan said the three were treated for inhalation of the fumes and released. The women are Leslie McNaughton, 32, Laguna Beach; Avalon Falconar, 37, Midway City, and Marilyn Moury, Costa Mesa.

With the exception of the first and second floors, the building was reopened after 3 hours, at 12:30 p.m. Officials said the first and second floors were sealed off and should be reopened by today.


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