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Fifth floor of Riverview Center in Menands evacuated

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Updated: 11/14/2013 10:23 pm

MENANDS, N.Y. – A chemical smell at an office building in Menands on Thursday night had hazmat crews working to figure out what people smelled and if anyone was in danger.

Around 7:30 Thursday night, West Albany Fire and Hazmat responded to 150 Broadway, an office building, for a reported chemical smell.

The building was mostly evacuated by the time crews arrived.  Officials say the smell was due to a chemical being used for roof work on the building, which was pulled into the fifth floor by the heating unit.

One woman was taken to the hospital for breathing problems.

"When you read about this type of chemical, irritation is common and not really a big deal,” explained West Albany Fire Chief Daniel Sullivan, “You get some fresh air and maybe administer some oxygen to get it out of your system"

All of the floors were checked and cleared. Sullivan told NEWS10 ABC that this all could have been prevented if the vent was closed prior to the roofing work.

Workers will be able to return to their jobs on Friday.

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