An office building in Virginia Square has been evacuated after a reported chemical spill in the building.
Firefighters — including hazmat teams and medics — responded to the Ballston Gateway building at 3865 Wilson Blvd around 1:45 p.m., for a report of up to 20 people suffering medical symptoms after a coolant tower leaked chemicals into the building’s penthouse.
The building was evacuated amid a large fire department response, which is currently blocking at least one westbound lane of Wilson Blvd.
Some office workers on lower floors of the building have since been let back in. First responders on the scene radioed fire dispatch to report only a couple of people with minor symptoms, including eye irritation and nausea. There’s no word yet on which chemical might have leaked.
Thus far there has been no report of anyone being taken to the hospital.
The office building is home to a number of companies, including high-profile Arlington startup ThreatConnect.
#Breaking: Units on 3800 block of Wilson Blvd for reported chemical spill in Penthouse level of building. Crews assessing situation. No danger to public, but please avoid the area part of Wilson Blvd will be blocked while crews work to mitigate the situation. pic.twitter.com/NfRC9WQWEU
— Arlington Fire (@ArlingtonVaFD) August 22, 2019
Vernon Miles contributed to this report