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Allen County Jail cleaning up after hazmat incident, still unsure what substance was found

The Allen County Jail is working to get things back to normal after a substance was found in a cell, causing a hazmat situation Tuesday evening.

Posted: Jun 6, 2018 5:18 PM
Updated: Jun 7, 2018 9:35 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- The Allen County Jail is working to get things back to normal after a substance was found in a cell, causing a hazmat situation Tuesday evening.

"There was a towel draped over the toilet. When the confinement officers moved that towel, there was a plume of smoke that came out of the toilet," said Captain Steve Stone with the Allen County Sheriff's Department.

Captain Stone said four officers and an inmate were exposed to the substance. They were taken to the hospital after they started feeling sick and dizzy.

But officer still don't know what the smoke was, or how it got inside.

"It was a smoke. That's all I can tell you. We don't know what it was. The last incident approximately six months ago was a substance, a paper dipped in a liquid of some type," Stone said.

Captain Stone said every time emergency crews are called to the jail, it comes out of tax payers' pockets, but some residents say they shouldn't have to pay.

"How is it our fault that they had the issue with a hazmat situation?" said Lauren Miller.

For now, the jail is cleaning the affected area, and looking into new technologies, such as mail and body scanners.

The incident is still under investigation.

"They will question the inmate, other inmates in the cell, or the block, and see if we can determine what it may have been," Stone said.

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