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Paint fumes from Port Authority force evacuation of McGraw building

Mcgraw-Hill building

Mcgraw-Hill building

Toxic paint fumes from the Port Authority Bus Terminal forced more than 100 people to evacuate the nearby McGraw-Hill building Thursday, sending four people to Bellevue Hospital with breathing problems, the FDNY said.

Witnesses said fumes from an exterior paint job filled the building at 330 W. 42nd St. and smelled like nail polish remover. The stench had been there for a few days, they said.

The building was evacuated around 11:15 a.m. while it was ventilated, and employees were allowed back in once it had dissipated, officials said.

"Our painting contractor at the Port Authority Bus Terminal stopped work as soon as we became aware of the problem," the Port Authority said in a statement. "We followed all safety precautions during the work, and are carefully looking into the matter."

Bellevue didn't return a call for comment.

(with DNAinfo)

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