BOSTON (CBS) – Three workers were hospitalized Friday following a release of chemicals on the 18th floor of a building in downtown Boston.

Firefighters were called to High Street just before noon for a hazmat situation involving water treatment equipment inside a 32-story office building.

A release of the chemical bromine forced a maintenance worker and two other employees to be brought to an area hospital. Their injuries are not considered life-threatening.

The room where the chemical release took place has a ventilation system that cleared some of the fumes, but it caused a smell on several floors.

As a result of the incident, the building was evacuated.

Hazmat technicians in protective suits entered the water treatment room with meters to check the air quality.


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