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HAZMAT call to BC Cancer building at Royal Jubilee Hospital prompts emergency response

Second floor evacuated after ‘unknown noxious odour’ detected

Greater Victoria emergency crews responded to a hazardous materials call at the BC Cancer building on the Saanich side of the Royal Jubilee Hospital site.

The building’s second floor was evacuated Thursday morning after an “unknown noxious odour” was detected in the pharmacy area, according to the Provincial Health Services Authority.

Police cordoned off the front of the BC Cancer building while the Capital Regional District’s HAZMAT response unit, with aid from Oak Bay and Saanich fire crews, set up decontamination equipment.

B.C. Emergency Health Services said paramedics cared for and transported seven patients to hospital. Four patients were also assessed at the scene but did not require further treatment.

At around 3 p.m., the Saanich Fire Department said in a tweet that the situation had been stabilized.

An Island Health spokesperson said the incident did not impact patients at Royal Jubilee Hospital, which remains open.

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