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1 dead, 8 sick in hazmat incident at San Jose hotel

Posted at 1:00 PM, Sep 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-01 16:01:04-04

SAN JOSE (AP) - Authorities say one woman has died and eight people have been sickened in a hazmat incident Saturday at a Northern California hotel.

KTVU reports Saturday that guests of the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose reported smelling a chemical odor - similar to a rotten egg -and feeling faint, light-headed and short of breath.

San Jose Police Officer Gina Tepoorten says authorities are investigating the death as a suicide. Tepoorten said in an email the hazmat incident is related to the woman's suicide.

The TV station reports the woman who died is believed to be a hotel guest. The six other people affected were taken to hospitals but none was believed to be in life-threatening condition.

Officials from the San Jose Fire Department could not immediately be reached.