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Nothing inside Edison Avenue building caused two people to become ill

Nothing inside Edison Avenue building caused two people to become ill

Incident occurred on Thursday
Nothing inside Edison Avenue building caused two people to become ill
Members of the Schenectady County Hazardous Materials Team enter an apartment complex at 354 Edison Avenue Thursday.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

SCHENECTADY -- An investigation revealed there was nothing in the building on Edison Avenue that caused two residents to become ill, according to Assistant Fire Chief Michael Gillespie.

Several agencies, including the Schenectady Fire Department, the Schenectady County Emergency Response Team, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory were involved in the investigation on Thursday.

This came after two resident were sent to the hospital after they became ill within an hour and a half of each other, Gillespie said. He added the investigation, which took several hours, began because of the commonality between the two residents.

Crews dressed in hazmat suits investigated the matter by speaking with the property owners and tenants, looked at different cleaning products used in the building and checked if any pesticides were used there.

Previous: Hazmat precautions taken at Edison Avenue rooming house after hospitalizations, Aug. 30, 2018

“We made the determination that there was nothing in there that created the illness,” Gillespie said.

He said he did not have an update on the two residents that were taken to the hospital.

“It’s an unfortunate coincidence that two people had serious illnesses so close together within that period of time,” Gillespie said.

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