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Area deemed safe after 'potentially hazardous items' found in Fitchburg apartment

The scene of the hazard materials investigation in Fitchburg Tuesday (Source: Lou Thao/WMTV)
The scene of the hazard materials investigation in Fitchburg Tuesday (Source: Lou Thao/WMTV)(NBC15)
Published: May. 26, 2020 at 8:43 PM CDT
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Authorities investigating potentially hazardous materials found in a Fitchburg apartment on Tuesday have deemed the area safe.

According to Fitchburg police, officers responded to the building on Chalet Gardens Road around 5 p.m. after a family member requested a welfare check of a resident there. While officers took that resident into protective custody, they noticed "several potentially hazardous items" and evacuated the area. The area was deemed safe just after 2:00 a.m. Wednesday morning.

The American Red Cross helped provide temporary housing for occupants of two apartment units in the building who were evacuated due to the investigation. Occupants of a third apartment in the building were able to make other arrangements. The Red Cross will coordinate the return of building occupants Wednesday morning.

Officers will likely remain on scene through Wednesday morning while the investigation is completed.

No injuries were reported, and no damage to the building occurred. Fitchburg Police say there is no ongoing threat to the community.

Personnel from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office Hazardous Devices Unit, along with members of the 54th WMD-Civil Support Team of the Wisconsin National Guard, assisted with the investigation of the hazardous materials.

Fitchburg Fire Rescue and Fitch-Rona EMS also assisted.

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