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Firefighters respond to possible chemical exposure at Goodleaf Farm

Three employees complained of headaches and respiratory issues
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On Sunday May 31, 2020 at 13:42 hours, the Guelph Fire Department responded to a report of a female having respiratory issues due to a possible chemical exposure at 35 Cooper Drive, Goodleaf Farms. Firefighters arrived at the scene with Guelph Wellington Paramedic Service.  

On arrival, there were three employees from Goodleaf Farms in front of the building. They were complaining of headaches, and respiratory issues. Firefighters immediately had all employees evacuate the building while paramedics attended to the medical needs of the three staff affected.  

The Guelph Fire Department Hazardous Materials Unit attended and firefighters entered the building taking various air quality readings and samples. The results from this were inconclusive. The three staff members that were examined by paramedics all declined to be assessed at the Guelph General Hospital. The Ministry of Labour were contacted by Guelph Fire Dispatch and attended the scene to further investigate the cause.  

The cause of the exposure suffered by the employees is unknown at the time of this report.

The Guelph Fire Department would like to thank Guelph-Wellington Paramedic Service, Guelph Police Services and the Ministry of Labour for their assistance during this incident.