'Chemical odor' that prompted evacuation of KU Medical Center buildings traced to crematorium

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - Two buildings at the University of Kansas Medical Center were evacuated Thursday after a "strong chemical odor" was reported. The smell was eventually traced to fumes from a crematorium in one of the buildings.

According to fire officials, the crematorium vents onto the roof. However, weather conditions prevented the odor from dissipating.

The smell was first reported in a lab in Wahl Hall East, which is in the 2100 block of W. 39th Avenue, just after 3:30 p.m. Wahl Hall West was also evacuated as a precaution, even though the buildings have separate ventilation systems.

After finding the source of the smell, fire officials cleared the buildings around 4:45 p.m.

The following departments are housed in the two buildings: Anatomy, Biomedical Research Facility, Breast Cancer Prevention, Facility Operations Shops, GI Cancer, Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation, Kidney Institute, Molecular Medicine Lab, Molecular Oncology, Nephrology, Orthopedic Research Lab, Pathology, Physiology, Teaching and Learning Technologies and Vascular Biology.

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