Federal, state authorities investigate chemicals inside house

The Fairfield County HazMat unit arrives on Bronson Road Tuesday, Oct. 1. (Doing It Local Photo)

The Fairfield County HazMat unit arrives on Bronson Road Tuesday, Oct. 1. (Doing It Local Photo)

WEDNESDAY, OCT 2, 7:40 A.M.: Early afternoon is the target for reopening Bronson Road to traffic, Asst. Fire Chief Christopher Tracy said.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 2, 7 A.M.: Bronson Road remains closed to traffic from the 1400 block to Cedar Road as authorities try to determine what chemicals are inside a house there, and how much of what substances there are.

Traffic is being detoured up Warner Hill Road to Fields Rock Road to Cedar Road, near where Cedar Road, North Cedar Road and Hillside Road all meet Bronson Road.

Local, state and federal officials have been on the scene all night, after an “extremely large number” of chemicals were found inside the house.

A briefing is scheduled for 10 a.m. Details will be posted as they become available.

TUESDAY, OCT 1, 10:30 P.M.: Officials hope to have federal, state and local officials clear of Bronson Road and traffic flowing by the morning rush hour.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, State Police Bomb Squad and Department of Energy and Environmental Protection joined the Fairfield County HazMat Unit and Fairfield police and firefighters after an “extremely large number” of chemicals were found inside the house at 1625 Bronson Road.

Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara said police were called by a relative of the homeowner Tuesday to check on his well-being, officers responded, but he was not home.

The homeowner, described by Asst. Fire Chief Christopher Tracy as a 65-year-old man, later called police to report a break-in.

While investigating the report of a break-in, police were told by the homeowner about chemicals in the house.

Tracy said one officer experienced respiratory distress because of at least one substance.

A large number of firearms were also inside the house, MacNamara said.

The homeowner was taken to the hospital because he was “a little confused,” MacNamara said.

The State Police Bomb Squad was making certain there was no danger of explosion in the house, authorities said during a press conference at 9:30 p.m.

After that, DEEP officials will work to identify the substances, Tracy said.

Residents in houses on each side of the house and the three houses across the street were told they could leave, but opted to remain, Tracy said. They, and others, could be evacuated if the situation becomes more dangerous, he added.

TUESDAY, OCT. 1, 8:45 P.M.: Potentially dangerous chemicals have resulted in part of Bronson Road being closed Tuesday night, Oct. 1.

According to Doing It Local, a well-being check was requested on a chemist. While the resident was found to be fine, police found chemicals they fear could be dangerous.

Details will be posted as they become available.

TUESDAY, OCT. 1, 7:08 P.M.: Police and Firefighters have responded to a potential hazardous materials situation on Bronson Road.

The road is closed in the 1400 block of Bronson Road,  near Warner Hill Road, and at Cedar Road and at Hillside Road.

Police and firefighters filtered out of their joint awards ceremony at Ludlowe Middle School as units were added to the call.

The Fairfield County Hazmat unit arrived at the scene shortly before 7 p.m.

Sources say there was an emergency medical call at the house earlier today. It is unclear if the two calls are related at this time.

The Sun is on scene, and we will update as more information becomes available.

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