Firefighters and police sickened by chemical smell

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HMN-St. Paul Police and Fire both had employees sickened by a chemical smell during an investigation at an apartment building.  One man was arrested for interfering with the investigation however the source of the smell is unknown. (Twin Cities)

A strong chemical smell in a St. Paul apartment building on Tuesday night left a police officer and firefighters feeling ill. Officials evacuated the building.

The police and fire department were sent to the building in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood at 8 p.m. on a report of an odor coming from the basement in the 200 block of Dayton Avenue, according to the police department.

Police found a man in the basement and arrested him on suspicion of interfering with the investigation.

Firefighters and an officer reported they felt dizzy and light-headed after being in the basement. They received medical treatment at the scene and the officer was taken to Regions Hospital. After evaluation at the hospital, the officer was released, according to the department.

The police department’s ordnance disposal unit and the fire department’s hazardous materials teams responded. They were on the scene late into Tuesday night and the police department reported they may continue to be Wednesday morning.

Police did not immediately provide additional information about the cause of the odor.

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