Odor of fresh lacquer prompts concerns at West Covina apartment building

WEST COVINA — The smell of lacquer from a freshly refinished counter top prompted concerns at a large apartment building Thursday, authorities said.
Fire officials responded to a three-story apartment building at 800 S. Sunset Avenue just after 7 p.m. after people reported a strong, unidentified chemical odor, West Covina Fire Department Assistant Chief Randy Isaman said.
Firefighters arrived and also smelled the odor, so they had police prepare to do evacuations if necessary while they asked residents to remain in their homes, Isaman said.
Officials found the cause of the odor before evacuations were carried out, he added, and residents were able to remain in their homes.
Building maintenance workers planned to continue ventilating the building through the night to get rid of the remaining odor.

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