Freon gas leak forces Wesley Chapel hotel evacuation

- A freon gas leak forced the evacuation of a hotel in Pasco County Friday night. 

Pasco County Fire Rescue responded to the Quality Inn on Wesley Chapel Boulevard for the Haz-Mat situation.

About 175 people - some of whom were staying at the hotel after being displaced during Hurricane Irma - were evacuated.

Officials said the hotel's main air conditioner began leaking freon gas, sending a "large plume" through four of the hotel's floors. 

Crews were on scene, clearing the building. Tampa fire was requested for mutual aid.

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