One dead following hazmat situation at Fairmont Hotel in San Jose

One person is dead following a hazardous materials situation at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, the San Jose Fire Department confirmed to SFGATE on Saturday.

The hazmat incident unfolded at about 10 a.m., with one person killed and six people transported to a local hospital. The six injured were not considered to be in a life-threatening condition.

Guests of the 18th, 19th and 20th floors of the hotel were evacuated, according to KTVU. There were reports of a chemical odor, later described by the fire department as a “rotten egg smell.” The exact cause of the situation has not yet been released.

San Jose firefighters, police and medical responders were on scene at the hotel, the fire department said in a tweet at 11:44 a.m.

Market Street outside the hotel was also shut down to traffic during the incident. The remainder of the hotel has not been evacuated, KTVU reported.

This is a developing story. SFGATE has reached out to the San Jose Police Department and will update as more details become available. 

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