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3 Firefighters Transported After Boston Building Evacuated Due to Hazmat Incident

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    Firefighters Respond to Downtown Boston Hazmat Incident

    Boston firefighters responded to an unknown chemical release in a building on Congress Street in the city's Financial District Wednesday afternoon.

    (Published Wednesday, June 27, 2018)

    Three firefighters were hospitalized after a hazmat incident in a downtown Boston building on Wednesday afternoon.

    Boston fire officials said the Level 3 incident occurred around 12:45 p.m. at 218-230 Congress St., a 12-story commercial building in the city's Financial District.

    The building was evacuated and the Boston Fire Department's hazardous materials team was called in to investigate. Boston police and EMS officials also responded to the scene.

    Two of the building's occupants were evaluated on scene and three firefighters were taken to hospitals for evaluation after feeling light-headed and nauseous. Their conditions were not immediately available.

    Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    [NATL] Clerk Pulls Out Machete on Would-Be Robber

    A would-be robber armed with a knife had a surprise in store when an Alabama store clerk pulled out a machete in defense. The two's brief knife fight was caught on camera before the clerk runs out to damage the robber's car.

    According to police, suspect Seth Holcomb walked up to the counter to make a purchase. He leaves the store and then comes back in as if to make a second purchase. Then, he pulled out a knife at the counter. What he didn't expect was that the clerk would pull out a machete of his own.

    (Published 2 hours ago)

    Drivers were asked to avoid the area for a time due to heavy traffic. Purchase Street at Congress Street was temporarily shut down but has since reopened.

    The incident was described as an unknown chemical release. A fire department spokesman said a strange odor was making people feel ill.

    No escalated readings were found inside, and the hazmat team is still working to determine what caused the odor.

    Meanwhile, the building has been declared safe and turned back over to the property management company.

    Fire officials said Wednesday night that the building was cleared to be reopened Thursday.

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