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Hazmat team evacuates elementary school cafeteria at lunch, 7 people taken to hospital

A Miami-Dade County Public Schools lunch
A Miami-Dade County Public Schools lunch

A Liberty City elementary school cafeteria got evacuated by a Miami Fire Rescue hazardous materials team after several employees began feeling ill during Wednesday’s lunch.

No Orchard Villa Elementary School students were among the seven people taken to an area hospital, according to both Miami Fire Rescue and Miami-Dade County Public schools.

“All of them were stable,” Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said. “They were just not feeling good.”

What caused the problem remains under investigation by MDCPS. A MDCPS spokesman believes the problem was confined to the kitchen area.

A 10:43 a.m. call for an employee not feeling well turned into several employees complaining of feeling weak and dizzy. Once the hazmat team arrived at 5720 NW 13th Ave., they cleared the cafeteria of school employees and lunching students with help from school officials. In another precautionary move, all the cooking equipment and the building air conditioning got shut down.

Students in later lunch shifts had their food taken to them in the classrooms, Carroll said.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal