Part of NH nursing home evacuated due to chemicals

WOLFEBORO, N.H. (AP) — Firefighters in Wolfeboro, N.H., say two winds of a nursing home were evacuated after an incident involving cleaning chemicals.

The Wolfeboro Fire-Rescue Department was alerted to a strange smell at the Wolfeboro Bay Center on Wednesday. Several people complained of eye and throat irritation.

The Granite and Kingswood Wings of the home were secured and the building heating equipment turned off. Residents were moved to other locations in the building. Staff and residents were monitored for symptoms of exposure to the chemical.

The Carroll County Hazardous Materials Team narrowed the source of the problem to some cleaning chemicals in a first-floor utility closet. Residents were allowed to return to their rooms several hours after firefighters arrived.

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