Chemical spill in Rosemont sends 19 to the hospital, disrupts Midwest Fur Fest

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A chemical spill at a Rosemont hotel sent 19 people to the hospital early Sunday morning

It happened at  1 a.m. at the O'Hare Hyatt Regency Hotel at 9300 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue.

People complained of a strong chlorine-like smell on the 8th and 9th floors of the hotel.  Several hotel guests complained of nausea and dizziness.

Several fire trucks and ambulances from Rosemont and surrounding suburbs were called to the scene, as well as the Hazmat and decontamination units.

Thousands of people were evacuated from the hotel, which was packed with people attending the Midwest Fur Fest.   Those attendees were sent into the streets wearing furry animal costumes.

Firefighters discovered the source of the chlorine odor, was a broken container in a stairwell on the 9th floor.  Investigators say the powered chlorine was released "intentionally" and the incident is being investigated by the Rosemont Police Department.

Guests were allowed to return to the hotel after the scene was secured at about 3 a.m.

The Midwest Fur Fest is expected to continue as planned today.

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  • fur real

    Did those goofballs that think all of you in costume we’re wearing real fur do it as a protest. They were like the special ed version of that anti fur group. Afterwards the leader was like “that will show those animal killers…wait they were just dressed as characters?”.

    • Steven

      I’d hope no one would think we are using real fur. For one thing, that would require some fantastically colored animals and for two, considering our subject matter, using real fur is seriously taboo.

  • Kristiaan Michells

    Wow, this is a piece of shoddy journalism. “Those attendees were sent into the streets wearing furry animal costumes”
    Say What?? Yes, the nature of this convention does have some people who have chosen to COSPLAY in fake fur animal costumes, mostly cartoon-like. But the majority of the conventioneers were dressed for bed because it did happen more like 12:40 a.m. Did this reporter think we stayed up all night rabble-rousing? The convention’s biggest day was on Saturday and most people were tired from the day’s activities.

  • AudreyHipburn (@AudreyHipburn12)

    Journalism is dead. The juvenile-minded reporter thinks people wear their costumes to bed — and irresponsibly implied that they are somehow responsible for creating “anti-fur” sentiment. What idiot would tie character fake fur wearers to *real* fur industry folks. Besides, there were other guests in the hotel — and not just the convention folks. The real story is the *intent* behind the toxic. Wish they would simply focus on that instead. But, again, we are left with immature “journalists” — who are really the ones who are “fake” in this whole scenario.

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