SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Multiple floors of a Springfield apartment building have been evacuated, due to an odor emanating from a poisonous substance that fire officials say a man used to commit suicide.
Dennis Leger, aide to the Springfield fire commissioner, told 22News that a 29 year-old man in a third-floor apartment at 327 State Street tried to kill himself with a drink made with the highly toxic chemical hydrogen cyanide. Leger says that some of that drink spilled onto the carpet, and that there was a strong odor inside the building.
The man was taken to Baystate Medical Center, and his condition is unknown at this time.
The floor above and the floor below the affected apartment have been evacuated as a precaution. The Springfield police department, the Springfield fire department, and a regional hazardous materials team are all at the building. The hazardous materials team is taking up some of that carpet for testing. They are also testing the air quality of the building, but so far, the tests have not turned up anything dangerous in the air.