ATHENS (AP) -- Two Ohio University students reportedly fainted nearly simultaneously in an on-campus laboratory classroom Tuesday, leading to a full building evacuation and investigation into whether chemicals or other class materials were the cause.
Emergency crews were called around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday following reports that two students had passed out in a classroom. At least one of the students was later seen being led out of the building.
Athens Fire Department Chief Bob Troxel told The Athens Messenger that there was no reason to believe it was chemically related, but could not confirm whether high temperatures or something else was to blame.
As scores of students and faculty waited outside the building, police sealed off Clippinger Hall, whose siren could still be heard blaring inside.
One student who asked not to be identified said he was in the classroom when the students fainted.
The student, a freshman, said the class was split up into groups on the first day of chemistry class. A girl in the student's group leaned back on her desk before fainting.
While others came over to check on her, a second girl fainted a few minutes later. Fearing the incidents to be related and potentially caused by the laboratory materials, the classroom was evacuated, the source said.
The student said he helped one of the girls out of the building after she regained consciousness.
Troxel said the environmental and health officials at the university would investigate the building to determine if there are any indications of safety concerns.