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Posted on: May 16, 2022

MFRD Hazmat team responds after woman felt ill after opening package; package is harmless

MFRD Hazmat

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (May 16, 2022) – A Murfreesboro Fire Rescue Department (MFRD) Hazmat team has determined nothing harmful was inside an envelope after a woman opened it and reported feeling ill on Monday, May 16. 

Firefighters responded to the Northfield Commons Apartments, 2325 Willowbrook Dr., around 1:17 p.m. for a medical call. A female resident opened a package addressed to her containing gift items and then felt dizzy and complained of nausea. 

The woman’s four-month-old child didn’t show any symptoms. 

HazMat crews set up a decontamination station for the mother, child, and firefighters as a precaution. Rutherford County Emergency Medical Services personnel took the woman to the hospital as a precaution. 

Fire crews with Hazmat Unit 11, Ladder 8, Ladder 11, Rescue 4, Rescue 11, Battalion Chief 1 and 2, and Safety 1 and 2 assisted.   

The envelope was determined to be harmless after testing. 

Fire officials say the apartment is safe for the family to return.


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