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UPDATE: Delivery Truck Blamed For Arsenal Air Contamination

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LATEST: We have learned more about the evacuation at the Arsenal. A contracted delivery truck is being blamed for the air contamination that occurred within the facility.

The truck was delivering furniture and was parked by the vent that brings outside air into the building for heating.

It took about an hour for those fumes to enter the building and it wasn't out of the ordinary for this kind of delivery to happen.

Thirteen people were taken to the hospital and are expected to be released tonight. A total of 400 people were evacuated

UPDATE: More information has been released about the emergency call to the Arsenal today.

Arsenal spokesperson, Eric Cramer says three buildings were evacuated this morning.

He says around 20 were reported ill due to air contamination from an undetermined source.

Officials with the Rock Island Arsenal Emergency Services say the contamination issue may have occurred when a diesel vehicle was parked near a ventilation system.

Arsenal officials called in assistance with the Mutual Alarm Box Aid System and from Quad Cities area emergency services.  

Cramer says those who were reported ill were taken to multiple area hospitals.

Unity Point Health tells us there are expecting eight patients at their Trinity Rock Island campus.
Unaffected persons were evacuated to safe areas on the installation.

ORIGINAL: Firefighters have been called to the Rock Island Arsenal. We are working to get more information, but eyewitnesses have told us that there are emergency vehicles on the island and Rodman Avenue is closed.

Check KWQC.com and KWQC-TV6 for updates.

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