Developing: Exeter Hospital Partially Evacuated

Exeter Hospital where at least 20 patients were injured following a “chemical release.”

Exeter Hospital where at least 20 patients were injured following a “chemical release.”

A hospital in the U.S. state of New Hampshire has been evacuated after patients and staff complained of nausea due to an "unknown odour".

Tweets from Exeter Professional Firefighters say crews were dispatched to Exeter Hospital for an odor investigation in the emergency room.

"We are working with the local fire and police departments and we're now transferring patients", she said shortly before 12:30 p.m.

Aerial footage from the scene shows more than a dozen people in beds set up in a cordoned-off area of the lawn across the parking lot from the hospital.

The hospital told CBS News in a statement that a few patients reported dizziness Friday morning from "an unknown cause".

The initial number of staff affected had been 6 people but as that number increase, the hospital closed off the OR Department and moved people out of that department.

The extent of the chemical release is not yet known.

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