Photo by Shane Harms
SFD hazmat station on 17th Avenue West in front of Keller Supply and Company.

Two women rushed to Swedish Hospital after possible hazmat exposure

Over sixteen Seattle Fire Department units have been dispatched to a hazardous material report at Keller Supply and Company at 3209 17th Ave. W. in Interbay.

Two women were exposed to something that caused them to have a rash and one to vomit after fainting.

The women were rushed to Swedish Hospital on Cherry Hill in basic life support condition.

Scott Yurczyk, Battalion Chief with Seattle Fire Department, said that no other people in the building experienced medical effects. Furthermore there was no indication to what caused the reaction because there were no reports of fire or a chemical scent.

There is a chemical business next door and a rail yard behind the business, but Yurczyk reported they have checked those areas with no leads.

SFD said it was unlikely the agent that caused the reaction came from inside the business because there are very few chemical products offered at the plumbing supply store. However, they are still ruling out causes.

The SFD Hazmat team use 50 different detectors for different scenarios, and are currently in the process of narrowing it down to one. SFD reported that because only two people were affected and that there is a heavy breeze today, there is a low probability of finding the cause.

Look to the Ballard News-Tribune for an update on this story.

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