Six children in serious condition after chemical spill at Downtown Durham YMCA

  • Six children in serious condition after chemical spill at Downtown Durham YMCA

Six children in serious condition after chemical spill at Downtown Durham YMCA

The pool has been closed, Durham County Emergency Management said.

Thank you for your concern about the Downtown Durham Y. Our number 1 priority is our campers and their parents.

"We're also asking aquatics staff to be more attentive to sounds, smells or anything out of the ordinary", the YMCA of the Triangle said in a statement Thursday.

According to Wil Glenn with the City of Durham, 40 children between the ages of 6 and 12 and two adults were taken to either Duke Hospital or Duke Regional Hospital. None were in serious condition and none needed to be admitted to the hospital, they said.

According to police, those transported were exhibiting symptoms such as vomiting, respiratory illness, and skin and eye irritation. They improved after being sent to Duke University Hospital, according to officials.

Durham police told local media outlets that the children and adults were in the pool at the downtown YMCA on Wednesday when the leak occurred.

Six children are in serious condition after a hypochlorite leak at a YMCA swimming pool in Durham, North Carolina.

A spokesperson with the YMCA said Thursday that once the mechanical issue that caused the chemical leak is repaired, the facility will request an additional inspection of the pump room and the pool before it is reopened to the public. "I think the EMT, sheriff's department, fire department, I think everyone did an excellent job", he said.

Officials say a lifeguard noticed a strong chemical odor.

"Where those two chemicals mixed, there was a leak".

"I felt lightheaded with my throat hurting", Siler said of her symptoms before she was taken to the hospital via ambulance.

An official for the YMCA's Camp High Hopes, Patrice Johnson, said children from that particular camp had been swimming in the Downtown YMCA pool earlier in the day but had left before the spill started.

"There were no kind of chemical burns or nothing like that".