Paint fumes, heat, humidity, and lack of fresh airflow were factors in the bad air that sent 16 students and a teacher in Washougal, Wash., to the hospital, a health investigator reported.

Dr. Karen Steingart of the Southwest Washington Health District reached that conclusion after reviewing hospital records and reports from medics and environmental safety experts who rushed to Canyon Creek Middle School Sept. 27.

A total of 214 students and 14 Canyon Creek employees were sent home after emergency workers responded to a 911 call, Skamania County Undersheriff Ed


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