People inside a medical office building in the East County evacuated Thursday after they smelled a strange stench.
The Heartland Fire & Rescue Department said the occupants self-evacuated a Kaiser Permanente medical offices building on Avocado Boulevard near Louisa Drive just after 8:30 a.m.
Firefighters arrived to investigate the source of the smell, and whether it stemmed from sewage or natural gas. Medics were also called to the building, as some people reported feeling nauseous following the evacuation.
By 9:20 a.m., Volunteer Patrol officers with the San Diego County Sheriff's Department were requested to shut down the entrances to the building while the investigation continued. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) crews were also en route.