Cause sought for breathing troubles that sent nine children to the hospital

IRVINGTON, Neb. (WOWT) -- Authorities are looking for exactly what caused the breathing problems that sent nine children to the hospital late Monday night.

Emergency crews were called to the Holiday Inn Express at 103rd and Blair High Road around 10:30 p.m. Monday.

According to Irvington Fire and Rescue they found all of the children suffering from breathing problems and one complained of chest pains. All were taken to Children's Hospital and Medical Center and all had been released by Tuesday morning.

Crews from Ponca Hills and Bennington fire departments assisted in the hospital transports.

The Omaha Fire Department's Hazardous Materials team was called in but found nothing that would have caused the symptoms. The incident was turned back over to the hotel maintenance staff.

"They were all in the pool area," Irvington Fire Department Rescue Captain Tom Townsend said. "Everybody was awake all their vital signs were good but not know exactly what they potentially were exposed to they needed to be all checked out.

"Omaha Fire checked the pool area out for us and checked the hot tub and the pool and basically they recommended to the management that they get their pool area and things checked out and make sure everything is okay before they open it back up again."

We tried to contact the hotel's general manager for comment on the possible cause and what the hotel is doing to insure the safety of other guests.

Our calls have not been returned..

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