Suspicious note prompts Hazmat response

<strong>LOGAN—</strong>Eight apartments at the Riverwalk Apartment Complex were evacuated Tuesday afternoon as the Logan City Police Department and various emergency crews – including hazardous materials response teams – responded to a suspicious note and apparent suicide.

The note was discovered by an acquaintance of the man renting the apartment, and local authorities were immediately notified.

“There was a note left on the door just saying that there was some type of toxic chemical in the apartment and not to enter – to contact first responders. The person that found that note contacted us,” Logan Police Lt. Brad Franke said.

Due to the unknown nature of the chemicals used, neighbors and surrounding apartment units were evacuated and emergency crews brought in.

“There are certainly some historical concerns and both the police and the fire have all received very specialized training concerning a situation where they find a note like this, because there are some things that people do, some different chemicals and things they’ll mix together that can cause some very toxic gases,” Franke said.

“This person had created a device, or found a way to create carbon monoxide in a confined space and did use that in what appears to be a method to take their own life.”

Franke said the initial response involved everything the city and county had for a dangerous chemical response. Emergency crews were able to relax some once it was discovered that the chemical was only carbon monoxide, and it was only in a very confined and limited space.

Once it was determined that no other chemicals were involved, neighboring residents were allowed to return to their home.

“Times are tough, and there’s a lot of people that are going through tough times. We just hope people realize there’s so many resources out there and so many people that do care and want to help, because we’re seeing a lot of pretty sad people,” Franke said.

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