Paint fumes force evacuation of Kissimmee condos

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. - Residents in a Kissimmee condominium had to be evacuated Wednesday because of an odor coming from one of the units.

Officials said the smell turned out to be paint fumes.

Several emergency vehicles were on the scene at the Blossom Park Villas Condos Wednesday afternoon.

There was initial concern the fumes were coming from a methamphetamine lab.

People were forced to stand outside for hours as firefighters inspected one of the buildings.

“It’s frustrating to get here and now know what’s going on because I live here,” said resident Ben Keene. “I understand it happens, but it’s just frustrating.”

Investigators said a tenant who was moving out painted his condo but didn’t ventilate the room well, causing the strong smell to overwhelm nearby units.

Residents were allowed back in their condos several hours later.