Brown Deer hazmat incident, apartment building evacuation

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Brown Deer Hazardous Materials Incident

Fire department personnel from multiple agencies responded to a hazmat incident at a Brown Deer apartment building on Friday afternoon, July 15.

According to North Shore Fire/Rescue, heavy smoke billowed from the building’s boiler room. Crews responded around 1:30 p.m. to the building on Green Bay Road north of Brown Deer Road, and residents were evacuated.

The investigation determined that the smoke was caused by a problem with the heating and air conditioning system, causing a possible chemical hazard. The Milwaukee Fire Department regional HAZMAT team was called and identified a possible explosion hazard based on readings from hazardous gas detection equipment.

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The Milwaukee County Transit System provided a shelter bus as residents of the 150-unit building were forced out. Everyone was allowed inside around 4.30pm once conditions were deemed safe. No injuries among residents or emergency personnel were reported.

We Energies disconnected electricity and gas due to the risk of explosion.

Brown Deer Hazardous Materials Incident

Brown Deer police were also at the scene.

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