Bizarre smell forces evacuation of SF hotel

July 27, 2009 6:44:41 AM PDT
Guests at a San Francisco hotel are back in their rooms after a strange smell triggered an evacuation overnight.

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San Francisco hazardous material teams were called to the Orchard Garden Hotel on Bush Street around 1:30 Monday morning after a patron complained of the smell of amonia in his room.

One man was briefly hospitalized with respritory problems and five rooms were briefly evacuated, and investigators say they found oxygen levels below normal in one room.

Crews removed a suitcase and say it showed traces of amonia. No word on why the hotel guest had it.

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