READY TO EX­HALE

Man­teca Ho­tel pa­trons treated af­ter ex­po­sure to paint fumes

Manteca Bulletin - - Front Page - To con­tact Glenn Kahl, email gkahl@ man­te­cab­ul­letin.com. By GLENN KAHL The Bul­letin

It was a fright­en­ing fire de­part­ment dis­patch send­ing fire­fight­ers and am­bu­lance medics to the Man­teca Ho­tel at the south­west cor­ner of Main Street and Yosemite Av­enue shortly af­ter 5 p.m. Tues­day re­port­ing sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als had been over­come by fumes on the sec­ond floor.

There was only one per­son how­ever, ho­tel man­ager Rhonda Franklin, who was brought out of the build­ing and walked down the back out­side stairs to a wait­ing am­bu­lance that had staged in the park­ing lot of the ad­ja­cent tire store on South Main Street af­ter the call was dis­patched.

It was un­clear if she was suf­fer­ing from the paint fumes re­port­edly in the build­ing or had an asthma at­tack from those fumes as she had sug­gested, ac­cord­ing to a wit­ness.

It is cus­tom­ary for fire and am­bu­lance per­son­nel to stage their ve­hi­cles away from an ad­dress when the dis­patcher and the first re­spon­ders are un­sure of the emer­gency sit­u­a­tion they are ap­proach­ing — mostly for safety pre­cau­tions.

There are a num­ber of low cost rooms for rent in the fa­cil­ity that of­ten serves the home­less clien­tele of the com­mu­nity.

Fire­fight­ers and medics were on the scene for about 30 min­utes be­fore the call was cleared and the man­ager walked back to her ho­tel.

GLENN KAHL/The Bul­letin

Man­ager of the Man­teca Ho­tel Rhonda Franklin at the cor­ner of Yosemite and Main streets in down­town Man­teca is seated in an am­bu­lance where emer­gency per­son­nel staged and treated her af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call that sev­eral in­di­vid­u­als were down com­plain­ing of paint in­hala­tion re­port­edly caus­ing an asthma at­tack in the up­stairs of the build­ing. She was the only one to exit the build­ing seen at the far right.

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