March 29 The southern Michigan headquarters of
food producer Kellogg Co were evacuated and nearly two
dozen people were transported to hospital for treatment due to a
Freon leak on Wednesday, fire and company officials said.
The leak occurred on the fifth floor of Kellogg's
headquarters in downtown Battle Creek, Michigan, some 120 miles
(190 km) west of Detroit at around 10:40 a.m. local time, the
Battle Creek Fire Department said in a statement. The leak
occurred in the north tower of the building, the company said in
A couple hundred people were evacuated from the building and
23 people were transported to two local hospitals, some with
difficulty breathing, the fire department said. Other employees
were relocated to the south side of the building from the north
side where the leak occurred.
Fire officials shut off the Freon, a refrigerant used for
cooling, and the building was declared clear by the fire
department at around 1:40 p.m.
All employees have been released from the hospital and the
building is now safe, Kellogg said.
The company produces a number of popular food brands
including Corn Flakes cereal and Cheez-It crackers.
(Reporting by Timothy Mclaughlin in Chicago; Editing by Lisa