People hospitalized by mystery smell in refrigerator

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LEXINGTON, Ky. — The smell inside a refrigerator put almost a dozen people in the hospital.

That happened at the University of Kentucky.

A hazardous material team was sent to help workers who opened a fridge inside the Dimock Animal Pathology building.

Later, they were all nauseous with irritated eyes and skin.

School officials say the refrigerator was unplugged and removed from the Gluck Equine Research Center and placed in the building.

The smell came from a chemical residue that grew inside, but it hasn’t been identified yet.

The building was evacuated for a few hours while the fridge was being sealed.

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