FOREST HILL, Md. (WJZ) — Hazmat crews investigated the source of a strange odor after two EMS providers and a Harford County Sheriff’s Deputy reported feeling ill after responding to a unattended death call in Forest Hill on Tuesday night.
The Harford County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy responded to a residence for a report of an unattended death around 7:15 p.m. in the 2600 block of Chestnut Hill Road in Forest Hill.
When the deputy entered the residence he became was bothered by a strong odor. He exited the residence and called for hazmat. He was taken to an area hospital as a precaution and later released Tuesday.
Two EMS providers called to the scene were also taken to an area hospital for further evaluation. Officials said the illnesses are non-life-threatening.
Hazmat determined the cause of odor was from moisture-absorbing materials that were present in the home in high volumes.
Thank you for your support of our deputy last night following the hazmat incident. The deputy was released from the hospital last night. The hazmat situation was caused by moisture absorbing materials that was present in the residence in high volumes. (1/2)
— Harford Sheriff (@Harford_Sheriff) August 12, 2020
The cause of death of the resident is still under investigation, although no foul play is suspected.