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Senior living complex evacuates due to hazmat exposure

Rendon Terrence Apartments. Credit: Tanner Siegworth

SALT LAKE CITY– A home pesticide device exploded at a senior living apartment, resulting in two residents being airlifted to a hospital for exposer treatment, according to Salt Lake Fire Department.

Salt Lake City Fire received a call to Rendon Terrace Apartments, 158 N 300 W, on Sunday afternoon. Upon arrival, officials confirmed a pesticide cartridge went off. The cartridge contained far too many chemicals, causing the fire alarm to go off.

The complex was evacuated as the pesticides leaked into the vents. Two residents were airlifted to the hospital for exposure treatment. CaptianĀ Adam Archuleta said both patients were in stable condition and are being evaluated as a precautionary measure.

Residents have taken shelter with their families or at a nearby church. Evacuees will be let back into the building after ventilation, likely sometime Sunday evening.

No information has been released on the substances inside the cartridge.