‘Noxious Substance’ caused evacuation of Historic Park Apartments in Utica


Hazmat situation at the Historic Apartment Building in Utica.

UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) – The Utica Police Department has released an update about what happened at the Historic Park Apartments on 100 Rutger Street Thursday afternoon.

Around 2:00pm the Utica Fire and Utica Police Departments were notified that residents of the apartment building were exposed to an unknown noxious aerosolized substance which was causing them significant breathing and skin irritation.

The units from both departments were dispatched to the scene and upon arrival, immediately entered the building and began helping residents evacuate to a safe location.

For the next several hours, UPD and UFD searched the building and tested the air trying to determine the source of the substance. They were able to determine that it likely originated somewhere on the fourth floor, but an exact location could not be found.

At 6:00pm emergency services did one last sweep of the building for safety and residents were let back inside.

UPD and UFD are continuing to investigate what happened and residents are asked call 911 if they experience any further discomfort and/or shortness of breath.

Both agencies would like to thank our State and local partners for their assistance during this incident and would like to thank the residents for their patience while we ensured their safety. 

UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY-TV) — There is currently a Hazmat situation located at the Historic Park Apartment building located at 100 Rutger Street in Utica.

Around 2:00pm a call was made to 911 that residents were experiencing a strange unknown odor.

Not much else is known at this time. But the building has been evacuated and one person has been taken away by an ambulance.

Eyewitness News will keep you posted on details as they are released.

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