UPDATE: Park Tower reopens after 'foul odor' evacuation

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Tampa, Florida -- UPDATE: Tampa Fire Rescue reopened Park Tower at 2:35 p.m. air samples from all 35 floors deemed it safe for people to return to work.

All roadways are also reopened. 


Tampa Fire Rescue officials say the "foul odor" in the 35-story Park Tower building stems from recent air conditioning repair work. 

According to an update from Tampa Police, workers were in the process of removing the chiller from the air conditioning system when, it appears, residual refrigerant was released and caused the fume.

As of 2 p.m., a total of six people working in the building needed medical attention from the fume. 

Of the six, two were transported to Tampa General Hospital after one had trouble breathing, and the other had chest pain. Officials say the other four workers did not want to go to the hospital, but received treatment at the scene. 

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All 35 floors remain evacuated as Tampa Fire Rescue officials continue testing air samples on each floor. They say once the testing is complete and the air is deemed safe, people will be allowed back into the building.

Tampa Police have closed two blocks of North Tampa Street from East Twiggs Street to Kennedy Boulevard.  Madison Street is also closed from North Tampa Street to North Franklin Street.

10 News will continue with updates as they become available. 


Tampa Fire Rescue and Tampa Police are evacuating the 35-story Park Tower at 400 Tampa Street near Lykes Gaslight Park, due to a "foul odor" that led to several people feeling sick.

Two people were transported to the hospital, while others are being treated on scene.

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Investigators believe there may have been a problem with the air conditioning system, which sent a smoke-like mist and odor throughout the building.

Firefighters are still working to get some people with physical disabilities off from the 17th floor.

10 News has a reporter at the scene. For the very latest on this developing story check back here at wtsp.com and follow Melanie Michael @WTSPMelanie.

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