Part of Exeter Hospital evacuated over odor; 20 people treated

The scene outside Exeter Hospital in Exeter New Hampshire.         
                                     CBS Boston

Reports of an unknown odor forced patients an Exeter, New Hampshire hospital out onto the lawn Friday.

About 20 people evacuated from the hospital were being medically evaluated, the spokesperson told WMUR.

Multiple ambulances have responded to Exeter Hospital after a "mass casualty incident" was declared involving more than 20 patients. The emergency room and operating room are now closed but the rest of the hospital is still open.

Kingston Fire said it has sent two ambulances to Exeter Hospital following a report of a "chemical release" in the emergency room, according to the report.

The emergency department and operating room were evacuated, closed and sealed, she said.

The cause of the odor is being investigated.

Aerial images show several hospital beds with patients in a roped off area outside the hospital.

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