Hazmat Crews Respond After Dead Man Is Found In Fairfield Home

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Hazmat and fire crews set up near a house on Clinton Street near Oyster Road in Fairfield on Monday evening.
Hazmat and fire crews set up near a house on Clinton Street near Oyster Road in Fairfield on Monday evening.
Crews go to work cleaning the area inside and outside.
Crews go to work cleaning the area inside and outside. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Emergency crews set up in the middle of Clinton Street on Monday evening.
Emergency crews set up in the middle of Clinton Street on Monday evening. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield Fire Chief Richard Felner, Assistant Fire George Gomola and Deputy Police Chief Chris Lyddy
Fairfield Fire Chief Richard Felner, Assistant Fire George Gomola and Deputy Police Chief Chris Lyddy Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Hazmat and fire crews set up near a neighbor's house on Clinton Street in Fairfield on Monday evening.
Hazmat and fire crews set up near a neighbor's house on Clinton Street in Fairfield on Monday evening. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Fairfield Fire Chief Richard Felner and Assistant Fire George Gomola
Fairfield Fire Chief Richard Felner and Assistant Fire George Gomola Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Hazmat crews prepare to enter the Fairfield home.
Hazmat crews prepare to enter the Fairfield home. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith
Emergency crews set up in the middle of Clinton Street on Monday evening.
Emergency crews set up in the middle of Clinton Street on Monday evening. Photo Credit: Alissa Smith

7:45 p.m. update: FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- After a dead man was found inside a home at 32 Clinton St. in Fairfield on Monday evening, the Fairfield Fire Department called in emergency Hazmat crews because of indications of dangerous chemicals, a fire official said.

Shortly before 6 p.m., two firefighters and two police officers went into the locked house to do a welfare check on the resident, Assistant Fire George Gomola said.

They found a deceased 70-year-old man and a note indicating that chemicals had been used, Gomola said. The man appeared to have died of exposure to chemicals, he said. 

The responding officers and firefighters did not exhibit any symptoms of illness, but all four were taken to the hospital for possible contamination, Gomola said.

"They found clear signs of possible contamination inside," Gomola said. "A very small amount of chemicals are present." Fire officials would not confirm what the chemicals were used but said no hazardous materials had been released into the neighborhood.

Officials set up a hot zone around the perimeter of the home. The roads are blocked from South Benson Road, to Clinton Street to Oyster Road near Jennings Beach. 

The Fire Department called in the Fairfield County Hazmat Crew and the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection. The crews were working to clean the scene and remove the body. 

The man was last seen alive on Friday, said Deputy Police Chief Chris Lyddy. Police would not confirm his identity until notifying his next of kin.  

Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Tracy said the incident began as a welfare check. A friend who hadn't seen or heard from the resident called police and asked them to check the house, police said. 

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Greenbeanie and p54
You are both wrong for failure to act in a safe manner in this situation would have cost much much more.
If you are so critical why don't you take the test, then the ongoing training and place your self in a position to PROTECT not Critize yur fellow neighbors.
In short Walk the walk before you talk the talk !!!

I hope when mentioning the PTSD we are not trying to compare this to Newtown? Those poor folks lost loved ones and saw way to much , For this situation, I will agree, they went a bit over the top gathering all these HAz Mat folks when indeed the man just had had enough!!

I'm glad to learn that some of my fellow residents are immune to potassium cyanide poisoning, and won't be requiring costly government intervention if it happens to appear in their neighborhood.

Why was the National Guard not mobilized? Was the President notified?

And you wonder why government costs so much? Fairfield County hazmat crew, Shelton hazmat crew, Norwalk hazmat crew, BFD, Dept of Energy and Environmental Protection.....All this for one guy who offed himself? Are the Fairfield County hazmat guys that bad that they needed TWO extra backup teams?

Agree. Total featherbedding civil service crap. Wonder how many back- injury disabilities will come out of this. Or PTSD from the psychological trauma. Between those and the overtime, a tax increase may be necessary.