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15 people hospitalized after chemical leak in Ybor City post office

YBOR CITY — Investigators have determined the chemical that caused 15 people to be evacuated from a post office Monday morning was eucalyptus oil, fire rescue said.

The oil leaked from a package about 10:15 a.m. at 1900 E 12th Ave.

Fifteen postal service employees who showed minor exposure, such as skin irritation, were on scene waiting to be taken to Tampa General Hospital, said Tampa Fire Rescue Capt. Lonnie Benniefield.

But after investigators determined it was eucalyptus oil just before 1 p.m., the employees decided not be transported, Benniefield said.

Concentrate eucalyptus oil can cause skin irritation, rash and asthma-like symptoms.

One employee suffered a mild asthma attack outside the post office, but was treated by paramedics.

Postal workers line up near Haz-Mat showers Monday after a leaking package caused the evacuation of a post office in Ybor City.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

Postal workers line up near Haz-Mat showers Monday after a leaking package caused the evacuation of a post office in Ybor City.

15 people hospitalized after chemical leak in Ybor City post office 07/01/13 [Last modified: Monday, July 1, 2013 5:10pm]
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