Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Downtown Tampa building evacuated because of fumes

Police handle traffic issues after the Park Tower is evacuated Tuesday for about two hours after noxious fumes were released during the removal of an air conditioning unit, authorities say.

SKIP O’ROURKE | Times

Police handle traffic issues after the Park Tower is evacuated Tuesday for about two hours after noxious fumes were released during the removal of an air conditioning unit, authorities say.

TAMPA — The Park Tower at 400 Tampa St. was evacuated and two people were taken to the hospital after a report at 12:15 p.m. Tuesday of refrigerant released during the removal of an air conditioning unit from the building, authorities said.

Tampa Fire Rescue responded at 12:19 p.m. and found a noxious gas on one of the floors, chief Tom Forward said. Though the refrigerant was removed from the chiller days earlier, there was visible smoke on the floor when firefighters arrived, Forward said.

Six people complained of symptoms from the gas, including difficulty breathing and chest pains. Two were taken to Tampa General Hospital, Forward said.

Forward said it is still not clear how the chemical was released.

About 765 people work in the 35-floor building on average, Forward said. Many gathered across the street while waiting for news of whether the building was safe and when they could return.

At 2:35 p.m., Fire Rescue declared the building safe for people to return to work.

Caitlin Johnston can be reached at cjohnston@tampabay.com or (813) 225-3111.

Downtown Tampa building evacuated because of fumes 04/09/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 9, 2013 10:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Yep, 2017 hurricane season really is more intense than normal

    Hurricanes

    It was only 25 days ago that Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

    A handout satellite image from Sept. 8, 2017, of, from left, Tropical Storm Katia, Hurricane Irma and Tropical Storm Jose, which would intensify into a hurricane. The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season has been unusually active. There have been 13 named storms this year. Only four other seasons since 1995 have had that many by Sept. 18. [NASA/NOAA GOES Project via the New York Times]
  2. Cannon Fodder podcast: Bucs could run into their nemesis

    Bucs

    Greg Auman finishes wrapping up the Bucs' win against the Chicago Bears and looks ahead to Sunday's game at Minnesota, where Tampa Bay could run into nemesis Case Keenum, in our latest Cannon Fodder …

    Bucs outside linebacker Lavonte David (54) sacks Los Angeles Rams quarterback Case Keenum (17) during a 2016 game. [WILL VRAGOVIC   |   Times]
  3. How to vamp out for Buffyfest in St. Petersburg

    Music & Concerts

    Who's your favorite superhero? I always answer Buffy.

    Photo illustration RON BORRESEN, Photo by Warner Brothers, Photo by SCOTT KEELER   |   Times
Members of the Florida Bjorkestra rehearse, Monday, 3/13/17, at the Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg for their upcoming concert. In the foreground is percussionist Joe Coyle.

Sarah Michelle Gellar
  4. The Mill restaurants offering half off when customers donate items for hurricane relief

    Blogs

    The Mill restaurant in St. Petersburg and its newly-opened location in Brandon are collecting donations to help residents of the Florida Keys who've been affected by Hurricane Irma.

    The dining room at The Mill in St. Petersburg photographed in 2015.
  5. Navy removes Jacksonville hospital workers who called babies 'mini satans' (w/video)

    Health

    JACKSONVILLE — A Navy hospital in Florida has removed some employees from patient care after Snapchat photos showed a nurse giving the middle finger to a newborn with a caption that said, "How I currently feel about these mini Satans."

    A Navy hospital in Florida has removed some employees from patient care after Snapchat photos showed a nurse giving the middle finger to a newborn with a caption that said, "How I currently feel about these mini Satans." [Photo from video]