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Hotel guests exposed to paint fumes
Paint fumes hotel
Manager of the Manteca Hotel Rhonda Franklin at the corner of Yosemite and Main streets in downtown Manteca is seated in an ambulance where emergency personnel staged and treated her after receiving a call that several individuals were down complaining of paint inhalation reportedly causing an asthma attack in the upstairs of the building. She was the only one to exit the building seen at the far right. - photo by GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

It was a frightening fire department dispatch sending firefighters and ambulance medics to the Manteca Hotel at the southwest corner of Main Street and Yosemite Avenue shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday reporting several individuals had been overcome by fumes on the second floor.

There was only one person however, hotel manager Rhonda Franklin, who was brought out of the building and walked down the back outside stairs to a waiting ambulance that had staged in the parking lot of the adjacent tire store on South Main Street after the call was dispatched.

It was unclear if she was suffering from the paint fumes reportedly in the building or had an asthma attack from those fumes as she had suggested, according to a witness. 

It is customary for fire and ambulance personnel to stage their vehicles away from an address when the dispatcher and the first responders are unsure of the emergency situation they are approaching — mostly for safety precautions.

There are a number of low cost rooms for rent in the facility that often serves the homeless clientele of the community.   

Firefighters and medics were on the scene for about 30 minutes before the call was cleared and the manager walked back to her hotel.  

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