COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Fire and HAZMAT crews are investigating after a strange smell was reported at a local hotel off Stelzer Road near Easton Monday evening.
At approximately 7:34 p.m., guests were allowed back into the hotel, with crews saying there was no danger to the public.
A spokesperson on the scene said the odor was on the second floor of the hotel and thought it was possibly some form of irritant. Narcotics officers on the scene said it was not a related to a methamphetamine lab.
Crews were dispatched at approximately 5 p.m. to the hotel, with firefighters, police, and people wearing health department vests.
The first team on site picked up a very strong ammonia smell, according to the Columbus Fire Department.
Kristen Jensen, a guest at the hotel, was in the lobby when the building was being evacuated.
“I said, ‘What’s going on?’ and she said, ‘We aren’t sure. We have no idea what it is. It’s just really bad. Everybody’s eyes are burning and the smell is really strong,’ so I just headed out of the building,” Jensen said. “At that point, I didn’t want to be in there.”