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Fire Crews: Suicide By Chemicals First in Region

SPRINGFIELD -- A deadly new trend had not killed anyone in the Miami Valley until Monday. Suicide by chemicals combines a fatal mix of products. 

"He called and said 'I'm going to end it'," said the caller who dialed 911 concerned for his friend. "He says he's at the office, call a Hazmat team."

When police arrived the man was slumped over the wheel, and he had a warning for police.

"He had signs posted on his car that said 'Poison, danger, do not open'," Lt. Dave Aills with the Springfield Fire Department explained.

Inside that car was hydrogen sulfide gas. Hazmat crews were called in to air the car out, so people at neighboring businesses were told to stay put. This so-called suicide by chemicals is the first any of these responders have heard of in the Miami Valley.

"It originated in Japan and came over to the United States in the past few years," explained Aills who says the chemical recipes are readily available on the internet. That's why they were alerted to this suicide method recently. Because of the research they were able to do, they knew when the call came in, to tell the first responders to stay away.

"The big concern about it is first responders, police officers or anyone else who wants to help... they come up to the vehicle, open the doors and will be overcome as well," Lt. Aills said.


 
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