Rechargable battery plant evacuated

JFRD says 2 patients taken to hospital

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A brand new rechargeable battery manufacturing plant at Cecil Commerce Center was evacuated Wednesday afternoon and two people were hospitalized after they were apparently overcome by fumes.

More than 100 people were ordered out of one building was evacuated.  In addition to one person taken to Baptist Medical Center and one to St. Vincent's Hospital, six people were evaluated for effects from exposure.

The hazmat team went through the building with air monitors, and an all-clear was given just before 4:30 p.m.

Saft, a French company, opened what it described as the world's most advanced lithium-ion battery factory in Jacksonville in September after receiving $116 million in federal, state and local grants. The company initially hired about 100 people and said it expected to hire 200 more when it was fully up and running.

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