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A hydrogen cyanide leak prompted evacuations at PAML Spokane Wednesday night.

Spokane, WA, Fire Department crews got the call at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. They remained on scene until around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, officials said.

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Crews struggled to find the source of the chemical leak at first, but ultimately found a bad battery that was leaking the chemical. PAML Spokane is a 60-year-old medical-testing laboratory located in Spokane, WA.

Hydrogen cyanide exposure typically causes respiratory problems and, in cases of long exposure, can be fatal, according to fire officials. 

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No employees suffered exposure to the chemical long enough to suffer long-term health issues, Spokane Fire officials said. No employees suffered injuries in the incident.

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