News From Terre Haute, Indiana

September 12, 2013

Police: Southside death involves hazardous materials

No threat to neighborhood


The Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — Police investigated a scene Thursday night involving a death and hazardous materials inside a home in the 700 block of Mary Lane in Terre Haute’s south side, authorities said.

The house is at the intersection of U.S. 41 and Mary Lane, a visible location on the heavily traveled highway. Passersby and neighbors saw police tape, fire department trucks and police cars surrounding the home. Emergency responders at the scene were wearing hazmat suits.

“It is a death investigation,” Vigo County Chief Deputy Clark Cottom told the Tribune-Star. He said there were no initial signs of foul play.

At around 6:16 p.m., the Vigo County Sheriff’s Department went to the residence after receiving a call from concerned friends who said they hadn’t spoken to a resident there in a few days, so the deputies conducted a welfare check.

When deputies arrived at the scene, they “discovered a hazardous materials scene within the dwelling,” Cottom said.

He identified the hazardous materials inside the residence as common household and farm chemicals.

Indiana State Police technicians came to the scene to investigate inside the Bedford limestone house and used self-contained breathing apparatuses to protect themselves, police said.

“We don’t feel at this time that there is any hazard to the neighborhood or neighbors. There is no evacuation under way,” Cottom said.

The scene is “totally contained to the residence and a room inside the residence,” Cottom said.

Indiana State Police, Vigo County Sheriff’s Department and Honey Creek Fire Department were among agencies responding to the scene.