Eight children taken to hospital following chlorine incident at Comfort Suites in Johnson Creek

Updated: 10:50 p.m. on May 25, 2018

JOHNSON CREEK, Wis. (CBS 58) -- The Johnson Creek Fire & Ems Department confirms that the equipment handling the liquid chlorine malfunctioned, causing eight elementary school children to be sent to the hospital.

A total of 21 students and one adult were in the pool area at the time.

Rescue Crews first arrived on scene around 2 p.m. for a report of students in distress and a strong smell of chlorine in the pool area of the Comfort Inn and Suites.

"The operation went smoothly and the school personnel had an excellent plan in place to inform parents and account for all students at all times," said Johnson Creek Fire & EMS Chief Jim Wolf.

Guests at the hotel were also evacuated until air quality was assured.

The incident remains under investigation.


JOHNSON CREEK, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Eight children had to be treated at a local hospital following a chlorine incident at a hotel, the Jefferson County Health Department confirms.

It happened at the Comfort Suites in Johnson Creek shortly after 2 p.m. on Friday.

The health department says that the children have since been treated and released from the hospital.

An Environmental Health Specialist with the health department has closed the pool until a reinspection showing that the pool is safe can be completed.

CBS 58 News reached out to the hotel for comment but has not heard back.

Stay with CBS 58 News for more information on this developing story.

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