Strange odor prompts hazmat investigation at North Spokane medical building

PC: Spokane Fire Dist. 9

SPOKANE, Wash. — A hazmat investigation prompted the evacuation of a medical building in North Spokane Saturday morning. 

Spokane Fire crews first responded to the building for reports of a strange odor. They assessed eight employees for minor symptoms and decided a hazmat investigation was necessary. 

Crews determined the smell was coming from a melted battery pack on an electric pallet jack. 

No serious injuries from the smell were reported.