At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, Seaside Fire and Rescue responded to a call in the area of Avenue K and S. Jackson Street in Seaside after a report of a strong chemical smell coming from inside the residence.
Once on scene, Seaside Fire was aided by the Oregon State Fire Marshal Hazmat Team based out of the Astoria Fire Department to begin an investigation into the reason for the smell.
After general ventilation techniques had been exhausted by the teams, officials requested support from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), who joined the investigation this week and started conducting air monitoring and sampling in the neighborhood near the Avenue K residence.
Investigators believe the odor and issue is limited to the interior of the home where the fumes were initially experienced. The residents of the home have vacated for the time being and are currently staying with relatives.
EPA responders from Portland and Seattle expect to remain on scene through Thursday or Friday while they continue testing and monitoring inside and outside the affected home.