Tucson hotel evacuated after chemicals found

2013-05-03T11:40:00Z 2013-05-03T17:40:47Z Tucson hotel evacuated after chemicals foundKimberly Matas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 03, 2013 11:40 am  • 

A couple dozen people were evacuated from a northside motel this morning when containers of unidentified chemicals were found in one of the rooms.

Tucson police and firefighters are still at the Hacienda Motel in the 1700 block of North Oracle Road between West Drachman Street and West Grant Road, trying to determine what they are dealing with, Sgt. Maria Hawke, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department, said.

Police were called sometime after 7 a.m. “after residents reported a foul smell coming from a room,” Capt. Jeff Langejans, spokesman for the Tucson Fire Department, said in a news release.

Police officers called in Tucson Fire when they found “unidentified fluids in containers,” Langejans said. The fire crew arrived at 7:50 a.m. and called in a full hazardous materials team.

“Firefighters dressed in HazMat suits were able to enter the room in an attempt to identify the chemicals,” he said. They determined the chemicals did not present an immediate hazard.

TPD officers and a HazMat crew remain on scene. The investigation is ongoing.

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