UPDATE: State Hazmat Team Called to Investigate Strange Odor at Stoughton Business
A strange odor was detected at Honorcraft Inc. on Page St. in Stoughton late Tuesday morning. The State Hazmat Team was called in to assess the situation. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.
The Stoughton Fire Department, Stoughton Police Department and crews from the State Hazmat team were at 292 Page St. in Stoughton for much of Tuesday afternoon investigating a Level 2 hazardous materials situation, trying to identify a strange odor detected at Unit A in the building, located at the corner of Page St. and Maple St.
The Stoughton Fire Department received the call at 11:25 a.m. for an odor detected at Honorcraft Inc., which makes high-end bronze plaques and other types of high-end awards of distinction, Stoughton Fire Chief Mark Dolloff said.
The scene was not cleared until about 5:15 p.m, Chief Dolloff said.
Crews are still not 100-percent sure of what caused the odor, Chief Dolloff said, but Unit A has been ventilated and is cleared for occupancy.
Chief Dolloff said upon arrival first responders' eyes watered slightly and they also smelled something that was not a normal odor for the environment.
The State Hazmat team was called to respond to the scene. Initially a Level 1 response, the incident was raised to Level 2 (which requires additional responders from the Hazmat team) when the odor could not be identified without the use of special exposure suits, Chief Dolloff said.
There were no reported injuries or medical emergencies, and no one was transported to the hospital as a result of the incident, according to Chief Dolloff.
The entire building was evacuated as a precaution, but the other businesses, located in units B-J, were allowed to re-enter shortly after 3 p.m., Chief Dolloff said. Honorcraft Inc. remained vacated, however, until the hazmat team concluded its investigation.
The Hazmat team took various air samples and liquid samples to analyze to help determine the cause of the odor, Chief Dolloff said.
"When you're trying to determine the cause it's like finding a needle in a haystack," Chief Dolloff said. "It's a long process."