Kitchen staff fall ill, evacuated from new EU building

BRUSSELS — The European Union says that staff working in kitchens of its new building in Brussels have fallen ill and been evacuated after a ventilation malfunction filled the air with fumes.

The European Council said in a statement that "a technical issue" with the ventilation "producing noxious fumes in the kitchens, has led to a number of kitchen staff falling ill."

Several fire service and police vehicles were parked in front of the so-called Europa building.

Some kitchen staff were evacuated to the old EU headquarters next door.

The EU said an investigation has been launched and that the incident won't prevent the Oct. 19-20 summit of EU leaders from taking place.

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