Providence post office evacuated for several hours for hazmat situation


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A post office in Providence was evacuated and closed for several hours Saturday morning after a hazmat situation.

According to Fire Chief Stephen Capracotta, crews responded to the main post office on Corliss Street around 8:30 a.m. for reports of a strange odor and a possible leaking package.

Upon arrival, fire crews found two employees complaining of illness and were then transported to the hospital.

Their condition is not available, but Capracotta said they were conscious, talking, and alert.

Hazmat crews inspected the building, but could not find the source of the odor or explain why the workers were sickened, according to Capracotta.

The post office reopened for normal business shortly before noon.

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