Diesel fumes prompt evacuation of 350 people in Sears call center; 47 sick

Legal News for Arizona Personal Injury Attorneys. Diesel fumes result in the evacuation of nearly 350 people in a Sears call center.

Arizona personal injury attorney alerts- toxic fumes send people out of Sears building; rescue crews dispatched to scene.

Tucson, AZ—Diesel fumes are believed to have caused 47 people to feel sick at a Sears call center on Thursday, February 4, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona. Approximately 350 people were evacuated from the building after several employees complained of symptoms including nausea, headaches, and dizziness, according to information provided by KOLD.com.

It was reported that a construction truck was stopped near open doors and exhaust fans, which may explain how diesel fumes seemingly permeated the Sears building. An employee was allegedly the first to feel ill, describing symptoms which are the same as those experienced when suffering carbon monoxide poisoning. A Sears’ spokesperson allegedly stated that though many agree that the diesel fumes from the large construction truck is the likely source in the incident, “nothing is certain.”

Emergency crews from the Rural/Metro Fire Department as well as the Tucson Fire Department responded to the scene to treat those who fell ill due to the alleged toxic fumes. Medical professionals at the scene treated most of the 47 who felt ill in the incident. Rescue teams reportedly took six to area hospitals for further treatment by doctors and nurses. People were allowed back into the building pending the “all clear” signal from fire rescue crews who swept through the call center an alleged three times. Investigations by Sears’ officials are reported underway.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Arizona Personal Injury Lawyers.