13 individuals, one adult and 12 children, went to a hospital after they reportedly started feeling ill and had trouble breathing due to a reported chemical leak at the Mission Valley YMCA in San Diego, California.

“The San Diego Fire-Rescue Department responded to a reported chemical leak at the YMCA located in the 5500 block of Friars Road,” NBC 7 San Diego reports.

It’s believed the affected people were exposed to chlorine.

The cause of the leak is still under investigation.

“Numerous emergency services, including Hazmat and other agencies, are currently on the scene in Mission Valley, California, where a mass casualty incident has been declared due to a chemical spill,” Rawsalerts noted.

“12 kids & one adult being evaluated after patients in the pool of the YMCA on Friars Rd felt ill. All patients categorized as ‘minor’ as far as injury level. Two patients transported to hospital as of 6:50pm,” San Diego Fire-Rescue said on social media.

“All patients transported to local hospitals. Crews have cleared,” SDFD later clarified.

NBC 7 San Diego reports:

“It’s sounds like it was just more of a mild irritation, some coughing, mild shortness of breath,” SDFD Battalion Chief Juan Flores said.

The area where the potential leak occurred was evacuated.

“There is no active release now,” Flores said. “We’ve done atmospheric monitoring, water monitoring, and monitoring of the equipment area.”

“It is unclear if the injuries are from contact or inhalation,” NBC 7 San Diego noted.

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