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Toxic Gasses in Fort Worth, Texas Hospital Sicken More Than 30 People

Aired September 14, 2000 - 2:13 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: In Fort Worth, Texas, today, more than 30 people were sickened by fumes inside a health clinic, and several remain in serious condition.

We're going to get some help on this. Brandon Todd of CNN affiliate KDFW is in the street in Fort Worth covering the story.

Brandon, what's happening?

BRANDON TODD, KDFW REPORTER: Well, right now, people are being treated inside John Peter Smith Hospital, and that white tent you see right over my shoulder is basically all that's left of a triage that was set out out in front of the hospital to treat those people.

Let's get you to some video now, and tell you how this started.

At a JPS Health Clinic, that's John Peter Smith Health Clinic, at about 10 o'clock this morning, in far north Fort Worth, folks there noticed an unusual odor. They believed that odor may be chemical in nature, and they believed it may have come from some developing chemicals in the X-ray area of the clinic.

Thirty-five people were transported here to John Peter Smith; nine people transported by ambulance, including one child who was taken to Cook Children's Medical Center, also here in Fort Worth.

Now let's show you some video, also, of that triage that was set up.

Twenty-two of those people were transported here by bus. Now, when they got here, there was a lot of commotion -- men and women walking around in blue, airtight suits with gas masks on.

There was a decontamination center set up. They were taking off clothes, they would have the people shower with a mild sop, and then they were put in hospital scrubs. Those folks were then sent into see a physician so that they could be checked to see if they were in any -- if they had any serious problems.

Now, we are being told that there were no serious injuries involved in this. People basically complaining of nausea and headaches, and at this point we're being told that some of them are already starting to be discharged. I'm Brandon Todd, live in Fort Worth, reporting live for CNN.

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