CHICAGO (CBS) — Eight students at Percy Julian High School were hospitalized Thursday afternoon after they developed breathing problems from hot tar fumes.
Roofers doing work at the school, located at 10330 S. Elizabeth Av., were using hot tar and fumes got into the school’s ventilation problem, causing a number of students to become sick, mostly with asthma problems, according to a Fire Department spokesman.READ MORE: Business Owners Taking Precautions After Rash Of Burglaries In Chicago
Several students were treated at the scene. Eight students were taken to various hospitals in fair to serious condition for “respiratory distress.”READ MORE: 'It Sounded Like An Automatic Weapon': Video Captures Rapid Gunfire In River North Shooting That Left Two Injured
The Fire Department did not evacuate the school as a result of the fumes, although many students went outside when paramedics arrived.MORE NEWS: Girl Kidnapped By Three Men In Ski Masks Near Austin High School
A Fire Department spokesman said students returned to class after the sick kids were taken to hospitals.