- Associated Press - Monday, May 23, 2016

VAN BUREN, N.Y. (AP) - Fire officials say nearly two dozen workers had to be evacuated after employees began smelling a heavy chemical odor at a central New York food distribution center.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/1OIkHHP ) emergency crews declared a “mass casualty incident” at the G&C; Foods facility Sunday afternoon. Four workers were taken to area hospitals.

The facility in Van Buren, about 10 miles northwest.

Fire officials say a contractor working inside the facility had been using a liquid chemical containing methyl methacrylate, which is used in the making of manufacture of resins and plastics.

Officials say the employees called 911 reporting the smell and that some were feeling sick. The employees who didn’t go to the hospital returned to work.

Officials say the food inside the facility wasn’t affected. No cleanup was needed.

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Information from: The Post-Standard, http://www.syracuse.com

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