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Bug bomb forces 20 people to evacuate downtown Salt Lake retirement home

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A bug bomb forced about 20 people to evacuate a retirement home in downtown Salt Lake late Sunday afternoon. (Photo: KUTV)

UPDATE (Sunday, 7:50 p.m.) — The evacuation order was lifted and residents were allowed to reoccupy the retirement home. Family members or residents can get additional information at 801.799.4636.

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A bug bomb forced about 20 people to evacuate a retirement home in downtown Salt Lake late Sunday afternoon.

Crews from Salt Lake City Fire Department responded to a senior living facility on what was first reported as a fire at 158 North 600 West before it was later determined to be a pesticide fogger device that went off in the building.

Salt Lake City Fire told 2News that they evacuated the building because some people on second and third floors were reporting respiratory irritation and loaded them onto buses to move them away from the area.

Fire officials also told 2News that the device's labeling wasn't written in English, so they're currently translating the label to determine exactly what was released from the fogger. Additionally, they are aware of who set off the device but they're unsure where inside the building it went off and still investigating the cause of the incident.

2News has a crew on the scene and will update the story as more information becomes available.

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