Source: ContraCosta Times
ALAMEDA — A day after an employee’s encounter with a still-unidentified suspicious substance at aU.S. Customs and Border Protection office prompted hazardous materials alert, the building was reopened and two of three staffers sickened were back at work, a spokesman said.
The worker who initially opened an envelope Wednesday at the office in the 2400 block of Mariner Square Loop was taken to a hospital for treatment, spokesman Fred Ho said Thursday afternoon.
A second worker drove on his own to a hospital for treatment, and a third went home, though all three originally received treatment on scene, Ho said.
The incident began with a call to Alameda dispatchers at 12:43 p.m. from the offices, saying an employee felt ill. City of Alameda firefighters and the Alameda County hazardous-materials team responded, setting up a “hot zone” to quarantine and treat between 20 to 50 employees in the area, Alameda firefighter Juan Medrano said.
Police warned residents to stay away from the area around 2 p.m., and the scene was cleared around 4:20 p.m., officials said.