LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18)– A section of a Lexington hospital has been reopened and is fully functioning again following a chemical spill.
It happened around 5:30 a.m. Monday at UK Good Samaritan Hospital on South Limestone.
Officials say about eight ounces of liquid phenol, a toxic and corrosive substance, spilled in a pharmacy located in the basement of the hospital.
A janitor tried to clean the liquid off the ground with a towel, but he felt a tingling in his hand
The area was evacuated.
A total of five individuals were rinsed down for decontamination and an additional 14 staff members were checked out in the ER. There were no injuries.
MORE DETAILS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED
-The room was a pharmacy not a lab
-A janitor tried to clean the liquid up on the ground with a towel but he felt a tingling in his hand
-The 4 who were in the room have been decontaminated-stripped down to their underwear & sprayed off @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/Jb3QX4zwT8
— Claire Kopsky (@ClaireMKopsky) September 24, 2018