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Paint fumes result in evacuation of 15 apartment units at Kīhei

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Hazmat crews with the Maui Department of Fire and Public Safety evacuated 15 units at the Kīhei Regency apartment complex Monday afternoon following reports of a chemical odor on the property.

The incident was reported at 3:17 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, 2022.

Fire crews evacuated the affected building and shut off the utilities.

Fire officials say the source of the smell was found to be a resident spray-painting bicycles within his unit. Hazmat 10 took air quality readings in the unit and subsequently ventilated the affected unit before allowing residents to return at 5:10 p.m.

Paint fumes are a potential inhalation hazard and respiratory irritant. The building was deemed safe for re-entry after ventilation.

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