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Likely accidental chemical mixture leads to Stevens Point shelter evacuationSubmitted: 05/19/2019
STEVENS POINT - Emergency calls for help with "poison gas" brought police, firefighters, and paramedics out to a homeless shelter in Stevens Point early Sunday morning.  Crews quickly determined there was no danger.

According to our partners at the Point/Plover Metro Wire, police were called to the Salvation Army Hope Center on Briggs Street -- just west of UW-Stevens Point -- around 6:20 a.m.  People at the shelter were already evacuating the building.


Stevens Point Fire Department Lt. Mark Schoeberle said someone accidentally mixed bleach with floor cleaner, which produced a cloud of smoke. Someone diluted the mixture with water before crews arrived, eliminating any hazards.

Firefighters used air quality meters to check the building for any risks.

Emergency crews stayed on scene for about 35 minutes. There were no injuries.

According to online listings, the Hope Center provides emergency housing for those who need temporary assistance. It also offers free meals three times a day.


Story By: Lane Kimble
Photo By: Brandi Makuski - Point/Plover Metro Wire

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