'Range of medical events' at Portobello house

Emergency services rushed to a house on Otago Peninsula today after a range of medical events was initially reported as a gas leak, police say.

Police responded to reports a "gas leak'' had caused residents of a house in Dick Rd in Portobello to become sick just after 8am, a police spokeswoman said.

The police officers responding were "stood down'' when the report changed to the people in the house suffering a range of medical events from an asthma attack to pneumonia, she said.

A St John spokesman said a 62-year-old man, 5-year-old boy and 3-year-old girl, all in a minor condition, were taken by ambulance to Dunedin Hospital.

A Fire and Emergency New Zealand spokesman said a crew from Portobello Station assisted St John staff.

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