Investigators blame a carpet-cleaning product for the deaths of two pets in Lakewood,Washington after a man reported a suspicious odor coming from his home Saturday.
He told firefighters just before 11 a.m. that he returned to his house in the 8600 block of Moreland Avenue Southwest and found his cat and bird dead. He also said he smelled a strange odor, according to a West Pierce Fire & Rescue news release.
After initial tests were unable to pinpoint the cause, Pierce County and Joint Base Lewis-McChord hazardous material teams were brought in along with a support team from Camp Murray and the state Department of Ecology.
West Pierce spokeswoman Hallie McCurdy said they determined a powdered carpet cleaner the homeowner purchased was the cause. The small size of the home might have been a factor, she said.
‘Firefighters initially monitored the air using special devices from the exterior of the structure and found nothing,’ McCurdy wrote. ‘They then utilized more specialized equipment and monitored the air inside the structure. This time they found traces of a hazardous material.’
McCurdy said that the Department of Ecology, as well as the Pierce County Hazardous Incident Team, the Joint Base Lewis McChord Hazardous Materials Team, and the Camp Murray 10th Civil Support Team went to the scene.
Authorities are not releasing the name of the carpet cleaning product believe to be the cause of the incident.