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* San Jose unknown hazardous material that has sickened two employees at a post office on North First Street not hazardous

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Police and firefighters have shut down part of downtown San Jose in response to an unknown hazardous material that has sickened two employees at a post office on North First Street, San Jose fire Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.The fire department received word of the situation at 7:55 a.m.The unknown substance, which was found in some type of container inside the post office, caused two postal workers to become seriously ill, Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez said a hazardous materials team is currently on site performing an emergency decontamination and treating the affected postal employees. The post office has been evacuated, she said.Representatives from the post office and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority are also on site. Police said VTA service has been interrupted on North First Street between St. James and St. John streets.Police are providing traffic control in the area.

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