3 hospitalized after possible fume leak at Northrop Grumman lab in El Segundo

A release of unknown fumes emanating from a Northrop Grumman lab in El Segundo prompted an evacuation of 100 employees, several of whom were treated for possible exposure.

Fire crews responded around 10 a.m. Thursday to a Northrop Grumman facility in the 600 block of Hornet Way, south of 118th Street and west of Aviation Way, to contain a possible leak, according to the El Segundo Fire Department.

"Firefighters onsite have evacuated 100 employees, with the county hazmat team on the way," an ESFD public information officer told City News Service late Thursday morning.

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KNX News reported from the scene that three people were taken to hospitals to be checked out, and two others were treated at the scene for exposure to the fumes. According to the station, the leak may have originated from work being done on the HVAC air conditioning system at the lab.

Fire officials said there was no danger to the community.