Iowa law enforcement academy building evacuated over gas buildup

Officials say nearly 60 people with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning were sent to hospitals after a building was evacuated at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in suburban Des Moines.

Posted: Nov 15, 2018 10:08 AM
Updated: Nov 15, 2018 11:04 AM

JOHNSTON, Iowa (AP) — Officials say nearly 60 people with symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning were sent to hospitals after a building was evacuated at the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy in suburban Des Moines.

City of Johnston firefighters and medics responded Thursday morning to the academy, which sits inside Camp Dodge. City spokeswoman Janet Wilwerding says 56 people were taken to area hospitals for treatment. A Camp Dodge spokesman, Lt. Col. Michael Wunn, says none of the people hospitalized was in serious condition.

Academy director Judy Bradshaw says other academy students who didn't display symptoms were taken to hospitals as a precaution. She also says it's too early to say what caused the carbon monoxide buildup.

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