UPDATE: Hazmat response in Highland Park after man found dead

12:36 PM: Seattle Fire has a hazmat investigation under way at a residence in the 7900 block of 14th SW in Highland Park. It’s focused on a garage, and they were using robotic equipment to investigate. The on-scene crews declined comment so we don’t yet know what they’re investigating, but the residents of the adjacent house were allowed back in, and no one has been evacuated. We’ll update when we find out more.

1:59 PM: SFD told us it’s an SPD case. We subsequently inquired with SPD, which tweeted this:

Just after 10:30 am SPD & Seattle Fire responded to a possible overdose in the 7900 block of 14th Ave SW. A male in his early 40s was declared dead at the scene. An extraction lab was found at the site, but hazmat crews determined the scene is safe. Site cleanup is being arranged.

2:51 PM: Neighbors report other agencies have arrived at the scene – the King County Medical Examiner (which investigates deaths) and the state Ecology Department‘s spill responders.

7 Replies to "UPDATE: Hazmat response in Highland Park after man found dead"

  • AMD December 13, 2020 (1:11 pm)

    SPD just tweeted that they were called for a possible overdose, lab found at the site, but determined to be safe.  The man they were called about passed away.  

  • KayK December 13, 2020 (1:27 pm)

    Is there some sort of overdose fatality associated with this call?

  • D December 13, 2020 (1:55 pm)

    • WSB December 13, 2020 (2:01 pm)

      yes, we inquired with SPD after SFD’s PIO told us comment would have to come from police, then had to leave the house; while we were out, that came in, and is now added above. Still some questions on which we’ll be following up.

  • Highland Parker December 13, 2020 (2:32 pm)

    2:30 PM, 2 WA state Dept. of Ecology Spill Response trucks arrived at 14th Ave. SW & SW Kenyon. 

  • Bradley December 13, 2020 (3:23 pm)

    So meth lab?

    • WSB December 13, 2020 (4:31 pm)

      Not necessarily. If you google the phrase, there are many things that an extraction lab can extract. I’m of course following up further with police … so far they’ve told me the hazmat call was made after patrol officers found “unknown chemicals” … TR

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