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Substance triggers haz-mat response at Coventry assisted living facility

The discovery of an unknown substance triggered a hazardous-materials response Friday in Coventry. (WJAR)

The discovery of an unknown substance triggered a hazardous-materials response Friday in Coventry.

Officials initially responded to a medical call at the Summer Villa assisted living facility, but a haz-mat team was called in when an unknown substance was found in one of the rooms.

Officials said they tested the substance and determined it was not dangerous. No one was hurt.

Responders were able to isolate one room and prevent the evacuation of the building. They said all necessary precautions were taken for the safety of everyone involved.

"Whenever we put guys in suits, two people will enter. In this case, two people entered the room -- we had two in backup -- and then when they leave that area, because we have to determine what the substance is, they have to go through decontamination. So, that's why the shower was set up outside and you saw those pictures of those guys getting rinsed off in what we consider a 'gross decon,'" said Hopkins Hill Fire Chief Frank Brown.

The patient from the original call was transported to Kent Hospital for treatment.



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