More than a dozen people sickened on Skid Row

At least 18 people became ill Friday in the Skid Row area of downtown LA, but it was not immediately clear what sickened them.

Firefighters and paramedics were sent to the 200 block of East Fifth Street shortly before 1 p.m., according to the LA Fire Department.

Eighteen people were evaluated at the scene and taken to hospitals after reporting that they felt ill, LAFD spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

It was not immediately known what caused the people to feel ill, Humphrey said, explaining that department personnel had "not identified (a) reason for (the victims') illness, including the identification of any related
substance or intoxicant.''

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