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Chemicals cause stir at high school

July 08, 2010
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NEWARK, OH — Medics transported a janitor to an area hospital Tuesday after the janitor''s floor cleaning supplies might have come in contact with another agent, creating a possible chemical reaction, according to The Newark Advocate.
No other staff members or students were affected in the incident at Watkins Memorial High School, the article noted.
According to Fire Chief David Fulmer, the West Licking Joint Fire District received a call concerning a person feeling ill around 9:50 a.m.
The janitor was cleaning a floor in one of the school''s hallways when the incident occurred: He was using two regular cleaning products to mop the floor when the products came in contact with an unknown chemical, which caused the reaction, the article stated.
Because of the extreme heat, the Haz-Mat team proceeded slowly: Team members donned heavy chemical-resistant suits before entering the high school to determine the cause of the chemical reaction, the article added.
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