LONG BEACH (CBSLA.com) — Six Southern California Edison employees Monday were hospitalized and 20 others were evaluated after a strong odor was detected from the company’s call center in Long Beach.

The odor was detected around 10 a.m. in the building in the 100 block of Elm Street, SCE authorities said.

About 300 employees were evacuated from the building.

Those hospitalized and treated on scene were suffering from symptoms that included nausea and headaches, officials said.

HazMat crews were called to the scene to conduct an air analysis.

Customer service calls were re-routed to other SCE service centers, according to the company.

Long Beach Fire crews declared the area all-clear shortly before 3 p.m., but the source of the odor remained unknown, the company said.


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