Exposure to unknown substance in southeast Fresno sends two men to the hospital


Investigators were looking into what caused a hazmat scare in a southeast Fresno neighborhood Monday. Police found two men suffering from exposure to an unknown substance.

It happened on the 5800 block of East Atchison.

Lt. Larry Bowlan with the police department said started with a medical call around 1:30 p.m. When officers arrived they found two men in their 30’s both unconscious but breathing.

When police searched the house they said they noticed an unknown substance.

Both men were taken to CRMC for treatment and the house was locked down.

Fresno Police Department’s Major Narcotics Unit, along with Fresno Fire hazmat crews and the Department of Justice were called in.

Bowlan said they still don’t know what this substance is. He said it’s too soon to know if it’s Fentanyl, but said it is potentially a narcotic.

“There was a substantial amount. I don’t know exactly what it was. I don’t think it’s been weighed, but there was enough that both of these male subjects potentially inhaled this or were close enough to this that led to potentially an overdose in exposure to that,” he said.

DOJ technicians were working to find out exactly what this substance is. They were out in the neighborhood for hours, and said no surrounding homes were evacuated.

Bowlan said this could turn in to a criminal investigation, but first they’ll need to determine what the substance is.

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