SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) — Seven people at the Sarasota Planned Parenthood were taken to a hospital and the facility was evacuated Monday morning after an unknown substance was reported inside the building.
911 dispatchers received a call about the unknown substance at about 1030 a.m. on Monday. Persons inside the building reported experiencing a shortness of breath.
Hazmat crews respond to Sarasota Planned Parenthood
Hazmat crews respond to Sarasota Planned Parenthood x
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A Sarasota County Fire Rescue spokesperson said that as of 10:45 a.m. seven patients were transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital for evaluation. 34 additional people that were in the building were moved to an air conditioned bus outside the facility. They are showing no symptoms.
Two hazmat teams total – one from Sarasota County Fire and one from Southern Manatee responded. Hazmat crews found chemicals in a cleaning closet that they were not able to identify. Those chemicals were removed from the building. Planned Parenthood staff is expected to be allowed back in to the building on Monday afternoon.
A nearby school, Sarasota School of Arts and Sciences was placed on a modified lockdown.
Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida released the following statement on Monday-
At Planned Parenthood our top priority is the safety of our patients and staff. The situation at our Sarasota Health Center is still developing. All staff have been evacuated, with seven taken to the hospital to monitor their health. No patients were on site. We are grateful to emergency responders and law enforcement for their quick response.
Here in Florida and across the country, Planned Parenthood has strong security measures in place, works closely with law enforcement agencies, and has a very strong safety record.
We are looking into the cause of this issue and will keep you informed of our progress.
The Sarasota Planned Parenthood is located at 736 Central Ave.