More than a dozen people taken to hospital following chlorine spill in Central City



CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (WEHT) – More than 20 people have been taken to the Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital after a chlorine spill in Central City.

According to a Facebook post, there were 24 patients, who have been observed and are expected to be discharged Monday.

There’s an ongoing investigation into what caused the chemical spill.

Central City officials say it happened around 9:45 AM while supplies were being delivered to the pool inside the convention center. The incident here left many inside and outside the building worried.

“We just heard all the ambulances racing up the street and then we step outside and see a bunch of commotion going on,” recalled Kobe Drake. He, and others living near the Convention Center, heard the first responders arriving, then noticed what caused them to arrive.

“The chlorine smell was strong as first, especially with the wind blowing. We just live down the street right over here, you can smell it clear as day,” Drake says.

Central City City Administrator David Rhoades says some people inside complained of shortness of breath, and other problems caused by the fumes.

“We had some of our workers here, middle 20s to senior citizens. The senior citizens were in the pool at the time this occurred,” Rhoades says.

Rhoades says the room where chemicals were stored is in a separate room, away from the pool. Workers opened doors to ventilate the building to get fumes out. Rhoades also says fire marshals will be at the Convention Center tomorrow morning. The Convention Center will be closed until further notice.

Original Story

CENTRAL CITY, Ky. (WEHT) – More than a dozen people have been taken to a hospital after a chlorine spill in Central City.

It happened at the Central City Convention Center pool around 9:45 a.m.

There have been reports of people having issues breathing.

Officials say it happened while supplies were being delivered to the pool inside the convention center.

Several senior citizens were taken to a hospital in Greenville to be checked out. Those taken to the hospital were given oxygen as part of their treatment.

The Convention Center is closed for the rest of the day.

We will continue to update information as it becomes available.

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(This story was originally published on April 29, 2019)

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