One dead and eight hospitalized in hotel hazmat incident

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() Hotel evacuated and eight people hospitalized after female guest who died by suicide released poisonous chemicals thought to be hazmat from her room

By Associated Press and Leah Mcdonald For

Published: 22:41 BST, 31 August 2019 | Updated: 04:48 BST, 1 September 2019

Poisonous chemicals killed one woman in apparent suicide at a hotel in California where eight other people had to be hospitalized.  

KTVU reported Saturday that guests of the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose reported smelling a chemical odor - similar to a rotten egg -and feeling faint, light-headed and short of breath.

Firefighters responded at around 10 am to a report of an attempted suicide on the 19th floor using chemicals, which is believed to be hazmat.

San Jose police Officer Gina Tepoorten says authorities are investigating the death as a suicide. 

While it has yet to be confirmed by officials, It is understood the poisonous gas was emitted from the room where the female guest took her own life. 

San Jose Fire Department Captain Mitch Matlow said the eight people sickened are believed to be hotel employees. 

Several other people had minor symptoms but 'have gotten better with fresh air.' 

Matlow said at a news conference more than 100 people were evacuated from the hotel. Exposure to the unknown chemical was believed to be 'very brief.'

'Safety is our top priority and top concern,' said Fairmont Hotel spokesperson Michelle Heston in a statement to KTVU.

Fire crews gather on Market Street outside the Hotel Fairmont in downtown San Jose, Calif., after a report of a chemical odor Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Authorities say at least one woman has died and several people have been sickened in a hazmat incident Saturday at the Northern California hotel. (Nico Savidge/San Jose Mercury News via AP)

Fire crews gather on Market Street outside the Hotel Fairmont in downtown San Jose, Calif., after a

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