Haz-Mat Crews Shut Down San Francisco Hospital Emergency Room


SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — San Francisco Fire Department confirms a possible hazardous materials situation at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital.

The hospital emergency room is shut down after five people who work at a U.S. Post Office at 1400 Pine St. were admitted with similar symptoms caused by an unknown substance.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health is investigating the incident and confirms that one of the postal employees went home sick today and the others reported feeling itchy and were taken to the hospital.

Fire spokeswoman Mindy Talmadge says the incident was reported at 11:38 a.m. today at the hospital, located at 900 Hyde St. between Pine and Bush streets. She said crews are “testing a substance on somebody’s clothing” at the hospital.

KRON 4’S Maureen Kelly reports from the scene that the affected postal employees started feeling sick at 6:30 a.m. By 10:30 a.m. it was determined that a possible hazardous condition was affecting the workers. The post office at Pine and Larkin was evacuated and closed.

No other information about the incident was immediately available.

Watch KRON 4 news, kron4.com and for updates on this developing story.

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