SANATOGA PA – Lower Pottsgrove police and detectives and the Montgomery County Coroner are investigating the death of a single victim whose body was found Sunday (Oct. 11, 2015) at about 11:45 a.m. in a property on the 2700 block of Schaffer Road on the township’s east side, according to a police department press release issued later during the afternoon.
The victim’s identifying information is being withheld until the affected family can be notified, the release said. The cause and manor of death will be determined by the coroner’s office, it added, but noted the deceased individual was discovered inside a home that reeked of a “strong odor of an unknown substance … which smelled like a chemical.”
Authorities later determined there was “no danger or hazard found for the public’s safety or anyone else in the area,” police reported. Schaffer Road was closed for a period of time.
Township police and a Goodwill Ambulance crew were initially dispatched to the location at 11:41 a.m. for a medical emergency call. They found the body and the odor, promptly evacuated all residents from the house, then left it themselves and called the county Department of Public Safety Hazardous Materials Team and the Sanatoga and Ringing Hill fire companies for assistance.
Those crews arrived, donned self-contained breathing apparatus to enter the home, and “used special meters to determine if the odors (or) fumes were dangerous or hazardous,” according to the release. The press notice did not provide an answer on either, but instead reported the smell resulted from a “hydrocarbon-based substance.”
Fire crews relied on fans to blow fresh air into the house, and the hazardous materials team monitored the level of fumes until it determined the property was safe for police and the coroner to enter and conduct their investigations.
Any further reports on the case will be issued by the coroner’s office, the release stated. It was issued to the media at about 3:41 p.m.
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