A noxious substance that spilled inside a Jurupa Valley business Friday led to nine people, including two firefighters, suffering from exposure-related sicknesses, prompting an evacuation of the location.
The hazardous materials emergency was reported about 10:15 a.m. in the 2200 block of Via Cerro, just east of Market Street, according to the Riverside County Fire Department.
The agency said that a half dozen engine crews, as well as a hazmat unit, were sent to the location, encountering multiple people feeling ill.
The entire building was evacuated.
Ultimately, seven civilians were taken to Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and Riverside Community Hospital for treatment, according to reports from the scene.
Two firefighters also required medical attention at RCH. However, both crewmen were released a short time later, according to the fire department.
The status of the civilians was not immediately known.
The substance was confirmed to be a chemical that had been stored in a container, but authorities didn’t cite the specific designation.
Firefighters completed their cleanup operation by 1:20 p.m., after which county Department of Environmental Health staff took over.
No streets were closed around the location.