DURHAM — A mysterious odor sent coughing employees streaming from the Fidelity Investments office Thursday morning, but no one had to be hospitalized.
The building, at 5411 Page Road in Research Triangle Park, was evacuated about 9 a.m when third-floor employees complained of irritated eyes, scratchy throats and coughing. A hazardous materials team led by Capt. David Eby arrived and scanned the building for deadly gases. Finding none, the team left.
Two hours later, employees on the fourth floor complained of symptoms, Eby said. The entire building was evacuated again, and Eby's crew tested again. And, again, found nothing.
Fidelity then brought in a private hazmat crew for further tests Thursday, said Vin Loporchio, a Fidelity spokesman. The source of the odor wasn't found, but the smell was gone by Thursday afternoon, Loporchio said.
He said tests will continue to determine whether employees will be able to return to work today.