City Hall Evacuated After Odor Leads To Illness

New London Fire Department responds after four employees report nausea

City Hall was briefly evacuated this morning after an odor led some employees to feel nauseous.

Batallion Chief Tom Curcio of the New London Fire Department said the department received a report that some people had fallen ill and that there was a strange smell in the building. As a precaution, the building was evacuated and the incident was treated as a Hazmat situation. The fire department tested for explosive gas while Yankee Gas and the New London Sub Base Hazmat team also responded to test for other dangerous gases.

"Everything we've monitored so far we've come up negative," said Curcio.

Four employees from the first and second floors reported nausea but declined treatment by paramedics.

Curcio said Department of Public Works officials told him the smell is likely a result of a sewer issue. The building was evacuated at approximately 11:15 a.m. and employees were allowed to return after about half an hour. The fire department used fans to ventilate the building and planned to bring in a fan for continued use if necessary. The Ledge Light Health District was also contacted to determine if the odor would be a health issue.

Assistant City Clerk Dawn Currier said the odor has been present in City Hall since at least Tuesday. She said she was slightly nauseous at the end of the day on Wednesday but was unsure whether it was caused by the odor or something else.

"We've been noticing it for a couple of days, but we thought it was just a bad odor and it would go away," she said.

The City Hall building dates back to 1856 and was remodeled in 1912. The three-story structure includes the probate court, City Council chambers, and several municipal offices.

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Wayne Vendetto December 06, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Samely, could you be more specific? A name might be nice as well!
Dirk Langeveld December 06, 2012 at 07:05 PM
I deleted samely's comment because it managed to be both an ad hominem insult and completely unrelated to this story. Please keep comments to the topic at hand.
Clark van der Lyke December 06, 2012 at 07:13 PM
The old City Hall was not remodeled, is was completely torn down, with the exception of a portion of the basement. The story, as I have heard it, was the public did not want the old city hall torn down, so the "remodeling" myth was born. Half of the building of it is on ledge, so there is a crawl space under half of the basement. All of the old, wet, nasty paper,ledgers, old boxes of non-essential records and trash that had collected in the basement, was removed about three years ago. A crew of six workers and a couple of garbage trucks engaged in a week-long effort that resulted in tons of trash being removed. The Day missed that as well or thought it unremarkable.
samely December 21, 2012 at 03:39 PM
At this very moment ga 10 112 broad street new london has been/was evacuated - 12/21/12
samely December 21, 2012 at 04:35 PM
bomb threat so the court clerk says.


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