Anchorage FedEx Facility Evacuated After Illness Reports

An evacuation order for FedEx’s sorting facility on Postmark Drive in Anchorage was issued by the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Police and Fire Department at about 3 p.m. on Thursday after between one and three employees reported experiencing an unknown illness.

Airport Police and Fire Department Chief Jesse Davis says the department has established a unified command with the Anchorage Fire Department.

He says AFD’s hazmat team is currently on scene.

“They’ll go in with their monitors and try to detect if they can identify the cause of the illness, and, like I said, as a precautionary we’ve asked that the employees evacuate and then we’ll try to ascertain if this is affecting more than those who have already reported the illness and to see where it goes from there,” Davis said.

Davis says it is currently unknown when the facility will reopen.

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