WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — The D.C. fire department says nine people were sickened by carbon monoxide at the National Press Building and sent to area hospitals.

Twenty-seven people were evaluated after being exposed to the fumes on Monday night, officials say.

Fire department spokesperson Lon Walls says 10 construction workers were sickened while removing asbestos from the building at 14th and F streets northwest.

The Associated Press reports seven of the workers were taken to the hospital. Walls says the workers taken to hospitals appeared to be in relatively good condition. He says one was more seriously affected, but he is expected to survive.

In tweets to various media outlets, including All-News 99.1 WNEW, The National Press Club said it was not involved or affected by the incident. According to the tweet, construction was being done on the National Press Building and not the club itself.

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