- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Workers at a sewage plant in Jacksonville needed medical treatment after a fire ignited and hydrogen sulfide gas was released into the air.

The Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department says the blaze started Tuesday morning at the plant operated by JEA, the municipal utility.

The Florida Times-Union reports (https://bit.ly/1ugVkl7 ) that a nearby shopping center was also evacuated due to the fire, but no homes.

Fire spokesman Tom Francis says the fumes from the fire posed no public safety hazard.

The fire was under control by 1 p.m.

Five contractors, who were laying a new roof on the facility, and two JEA employees, were hospitalized after breathing in the fumes. They were listed in stable condition.

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