October 8th, 2018 at 10:19 a.m. – Units from Arlington County and Fairfax County Fire & Rescue were dispatched to the 201 N. Washington Street for a report of 3 people complaining of difficulty breathing. On arrival, M106 assessed two patients with Engine 106 investigated odor in the lobby area. Rescue 109 arrived on scene and worked with Engine 106 to isolate the odor to construction adhesive being used by workers on the roof that was located near the intake for the building air handling system. The product and air handler were isolated, and crews used fans to ventilate the building which was partially evacuated during operations. In all five patients were evaluated by EMS, two of which were transported in good condition for further evaluation. Once the odor had been removed from building, it was reoccupied and crews returned to service.
- When using adhesives, make sure you use them in a well ventilated area.
- When working with chemical products, be aware of your surroundings so as not to adversely affect others around you.
- If you smell an odor that causes you to experience medical issues, leave the area immediately.
- Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number after you leave.