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HazMat situation sends three to hospital

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

A HazMat investigation forced the evacuation of a north Portland business Monday morning.

Emergency crews were called out to Pasco Corp. at 6500 N. Marine Drive at 8:30 a.m.

Three workers were complaining about feeling ill.

Firefighters said it was of particular concern because Pasco uses anhydrous ammonia, which is a colorless gas with a sharp and suffocating odor.

HazMat monitors did not detect any leaks or harmful gasses. Pasco detectors also did not detect a source for the issues.

The three patients were taken to the hospital. Their illnesses are not believed to be serious.

Firefighters said the company did report a leak yesterday, but it was taken care of and firefighters weren't even called to the scene.

Investigators said the symptoms shown by the workers today aren't the same as you'd usually find from an ammonia leak.

The cause of their illnesses is still under investigation.

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