Chemicals used in apparent suicide at San Jose hotel force evacuations
ABC 7 News
By Anser Hassan
September 1, 2019
SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- The Fairmont San Jose reopened late Saturday afternoon after four floors of the high-end hotel were evacuated that morning.
Hazmat units were sent to clear out the 19th floor due to toxic chemicals used in apparent death by suicide.
"Initial reports were saying that somebody had attempted suicide by using chemicals," explains San Jose Fire Captain Mitch Matlow.
San Jose police later confirmed the death by suicide in an email to ABC7 News.
Captain Matlow described the victim only as an adult female. He says the chemicals were found in her room.
"We determined that there were chemicals in the room, what those chemicals are or how many there were, I don't know," says Matlow, adding that, "The hazard was contained to that one room."
He says some guest may still notice an usual odor, but stresses that the air inside the hotel and the surrounding area is not toxic.
"The only issue is a bad odor, that is not dangerous, and the hotel is working very diligently to get rid of the odor by putting fresh air into the building," he says.
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