UPDATE: Airborne irritant cause of MAC evacuation

The airborne irritant did not enter the MAC. (Nicole Thompson/Ryersonian Staff)

The airborne irritant did not enter the MAC. (Nicole Thompson/Ryersonian Staff)

An airborne irritant was the reason for the evacuation of the former Maple Leaf Gardens Wednesday night.

Dan Berger, the manager of the Mattamy Athletic Centre, along with a Loblaws employee and Toronto EMS,  have confirmed the cause of the early-evening evacuation. It still isn’t know exactly what irritant caused the problem.

Both the MAC and Loblaws, which share the building, were evacuated around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday after emergency services were called following several reports of coughing and difficulty breathing.

Paramedics took one victim, who was suffering from throat irritation, to hospital. The person has not been identified, and there is no confirmation on if the person has been released.

The irritant originated in Loblaws, a store representative said. Berger said it never entered the part of the building occupied by the MAC.

 

With files from Nicole Thompson

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