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Kutztown University freshman dorm deemed safe after evacuation

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 24, 2015 9:42 AM
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(Kutztown) --  A freshman dormitory at Kutztown University in Berks County was evacuated after 19 people became sick from fumes that rose from the building's basement. 

Twelve students, three custodians, two firefighters and two police officers were treated on-scene at Deatrick Hall.

They all complained of throat irritation, dryness and coughing. 

University Relations Director Matthew Santos says custodians first reported symptoms around 2:45 p.m. Sunday after they encountered an "unknown substance'' while removing trash bags from the dorm's basement. 

The Berks County Department of Emergency Services' hazardous materials team investigated the incident after the building was closed.

Following testing, the dorm was deemed safe to re-enter at 6:00 p.m. 

Santos says most students weren't inconvenienced by the building's closure because freshman activities were planned throughout the day. 

No one was seriously injured.

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