Unknown chemicals kill one person, trigger hazmat situation at Fairmont Hotel in San Jose

One person is dead following a hazardous materials situation at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, the San Jose Fire Department confirmed to SFGATE on Saturday.

The hazmat incident unfolded at about 10 a.m., with one person killed and six people transported to a local hospital. The six injured were not considered to be in a life-threatening condition.

Firefighters were initially called to the 19th floor of the hotel on a report of a suicide attempt, apparently using chemicals, said Capt. Mitch Matlow with the San Jose Fire Department.

Once there, crews found one person dead; hotel staff and guests exposed to the chemicals were decontaminated and taken to the hospital.

The fire department was still unsure of what chemicals were involved, stating that all that was known was “chemicals were involved in the death of a single person,” Matlow told reporters at a press conference.

When contacted, Officer Gina Tepoorten said that San Jose police were investigating the incident as a suicide.

Guests of the 18th, 19th and 20th floors of the hotel were evacuated, according to KTVU. There were initial reports of a chemical odor, later described by the fire department as a “rotten egg smell.”

San Jose firefighters, police and medical responders were on scene at the hotel, the fire department said in a tweet at 11:44 a.m.

Market Street outside the hotel was also shut down to traffic during the incident. The remainder of the hotel has not been evacuated, KTVU reported.

This is a developing story and will update as more details become available. 

This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Hazmat-situation-Fairmont-Hotel-downtown-San-Jose-14404622.php.

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