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Sept. 29, 2023

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Hazmat incident sends 3 Molecular Testing Labs workers to hospital

By , Columbian staff writer

Three workers were transported to a hospital Saturday following a hazardous-materials incident at Molecular Testing Labs, 14401 S.E. First St., according to the Vancouver Fire Department.

After a chlorine gas spill at the company, bleach was used in an attempt to clean up the mess. The chemical reaction between the two led to off-gassing. The building was evacuated, but four employees showed symptoms of exposure, including red eyes.

Three employees were taken to the hospital, according to Raymond Egan, a captain and public information officer for the fire department. The building was being ventilated and is expected to return to normal.