Four Seasons Hotel in Surfside temporarily evacuated due to chemical smell

4 people assessed at scene

By Amanda Batchelor - Senior Digital Editor

SURFSIDE, Fla. - The Four Seasons Hotel at The Surf Club was temporarily evacuated Tuesday after Miami-Dade Fire Rescue received a 911 call about a strong chemical smell coming from the property, authorities said.

According to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials, the smell was coming from a loading dock at the hotel at 9011 Collins Ave.

The fire department's hazmat team responded to the scene to investigate where the smell was coming from, but no chemicals were detected inside the building.

Miami-Dade Fire Rescue Lt. Kirsten Miller said crews arrived to find four people at the loading dock experiencing minor symptoms. Crews could smell the faint odor of some kind of chemical. 

"Due to the size of the building, our units did a thorough investigation," Miller said. "Our hazardous materials unit came in and metered the entire building to make sure there was no kind of chemical in the building, and at no time did our meters pick up anything."

Miller, however, said there was a chemical outside at the loading dock but it dissipated and crews were unable to determine what kind of chemical it was.

She said the four people were assessed at the scene and declined to be transported to a hospital. 

People have since been allowed to return to the hotel. 

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