7 hospitalized after ‘toxic exposure incident’ at Hillsboro Shari’s

Washington County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Several people are being evaluated after a toxic exposure incident at a Shari’s Cafe and Pies in Hillsboro, according to authorities.

Crews with Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue, Hillsboro Fire and Rescue and Metro West Ambulance arrived at the Shari’s on Northwest 185th Avenue shortly before 10 a.m. TVFR’s Hazardous Materials team was at the scene to assist, as well.

By 11:30 a.m., officials said the source of the toxic release appeared to be related to an HVAC system inside the restaurant. However, it is still unclear what the chemical was.

Authorities say there were 24 patients in total, with seven transported to local hospitals. All patients suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

Investigators are working to determine the cause of the incident. There have been no reports of release outside of the structure, but avoid the area if possible.

This is a developing story. KOIN 6 News will provide updates as new information becomes available.

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