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Posted: 10:44 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2012
SAN JOSE, Calif. —
More than 100 people were evacuated from a San Jose fitness center Monday night after they complained of shortness of breath and skin irritations.
The evacuation took place about 7:15 p.m. at Club One in the Silver Creek Sports Complex in South San Jose.
The lobby turned into a temporary treatment center for about 10 people Monday evening.
Firefighters said they complained of breathing and throat irritation from a strong odor in the women's locker room.
Several ambulances were parked outside just in case anybody needed to be taken to the hospital.
Firefighters didn't take any chances inside, using self-contained breathing apparatuses as they looked for the root of the problem.
Marlon Rosales, a personal trainer at the club, describes what happened before the evacuations began.
"One of my other clients said there's something really strong in the bathroom. Really strong and her eyes were burning. She was coughing right after," said Rosales.
Firefighters say they determined the odor was caused by eucalyptus oil, something that's non-toxic and is commonly used in saunas or steam rooms.
Firefighters told KTVU the injuries were minor and the symptoms dissipated after about 90 minutes.
They said all of the victims went home and not to the hospital.
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