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Chemical leak closes Gainesville City Hall

The Gainesville Sun logo The Gainesville Sun 7/15/2021 John Henderson (john.henderson@gainesvillesun.com)
a person walking down a street holding an umbrella: A woman walks under her umbrella past City Hall in downtown Gainesville. © Matt Stamey, The Gainesville Sun, File A woman walks under her umbrella past City Hall in downtown Gainesville.

A chemical leak closed Gainesville's City Hall Thursday and forced the cancellation of this afternoon’s City Commission meeting.

Rossana Passaniti, a city spokeswoman, wrote in an email that two chemicals being used in roof work at City Hall entered the building through the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning system.

"Out of an abundance of caution, Gainesville Fire Rescue evacuated the building until air quality issues can be resolved," she wrote.

The City Commission meeting scheduled for today has been rescheduled for Monday at 3 p.m. 

Earlier Thursday, Commissioner Harvey Ward was asked to exit the building along with others. 

“We’ve run everybody out," he said. "I was going to finish some things up and the manager came around and told everybody we had to leave, as if it was a fire drill. But once we got out, we learned that it was not a drill at all. It’s an actual leak of some sort.”

The city's website this afternoon stated that the meetings were continued today "due to air quality issues at City Hall."

This article originally appeared on The Gainesville Sun: Chemical leak closes Gainesville City Hall

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