FISHERS, Ind. – The Fishers YMCA was evacuated and multiple people were transported to the hospital after a suspected chlorine leak on Tuesday morning.
Authorities were called to investigate around 11 a.m. after several people suffered inhalation-related issues.
According to police, there was a chlorine leak in the pool. Eighteen people were evacuated and seven were transported to hospitals, including a child. The other 11 people refused transportation to the hospital.
Several ambulances and dozens of first responders assisted at the YMCA. The cause of the incident remains under investigation.
“It’s a pretty extensive list of whats challenging about this,” said Captain John Mehling of the Fishers Fire Department
Hamilton Southeastern Schools had the day off because of a flex day, and witnesses said they saw several children leaving the YMCA on stretchers.
Mehling says investigators believe the chemical that was released was Muratic Acid Concentrate, a common chemical used for pool water sanitation.
The YMCA issued the following statement:
There was a malfunction in the pool area of the Fishers YMCA today. Y staff members immediately began implementing safety procedures. The Y staff notified emergency personnel and evacuated the building. At this time, YMCA officials and other officials are investigating the malfunction. The safety of our members is our first priority.
Fishers Fire Department has given the building an all-clear. The building will reopen at 4 p.m. The pool will remain closed until experts complete a thorough evaluation.