Chemical suicide sparks evacuation of Florida hotel
Police called to investigate a suicide at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Venice ordered the hotel evacuated for approximately an hour after finding dangerous chemicals inside the victim's room, according to HeraldTribune.com.
Sarasota County Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Wendy Rose said an unidentified 45-year-old man had apparently inhaled the chemicals in order to kill himself. When it was determined that the chemicals had not contaminated the ambient environment, guests and employees of the hotel were allowed to return.
Rose also said the victim was scheduled to check out of the room the day he was found. The door to the room was dead-bolted and the victim was already deceased when the police entered. The victim reportedly had a local address, but police would not release any additional information. Rose said they are continuing to investigate, HeraldTribune.com reports.
Chemical suicides have been on the rise in the United States since 2008, when there were three reported incidents. By 2010, there were over 30. The methods can differ in each case, but the most common means involves mixing household chemicals to produce hydrogen sulfide gas, which can quickly reach lethal concentrations in relatively confined spaces, according to FireEngineering.com.