A maid at a SeaTac hotel accidentally set off a canister of bear repellent, causing evacuations and minor injuries, according to Kent fire officials.

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Two people were sent to the hospital and seven others are being evaluated after a maid at a SeaTac hotel accidentally set off a canister of bear repellent while cleaning a room, according to the Kent Fire Department.

“It’s like mace, apparently,” Capt. Kyle Ohashi said, “but she did not know that and somehow discharged it.”

Ohashi said the chemicals spread into the vents and hallways of the Fairfield Inn in the 19600 block of International Boulevard on Friday morning, causing 9 people to report symptoms.

Guests were evacuated from the floors that were affected, Ohashi said.

He said it does not appear that any of the nine people suffered serious injury, but two people were sent to hospitals as a precautionary measure.