FBI identifies substances at motel that sickened DeKalb officers

A hotel on Memorial Drive in DeKalb County was evacuated in a hazmat situation Saturday.
A hotel on Memorial Drive in DeKalb County was evacuated in a hazmat situation Saturday.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Three DeKalb County police officers were released from a hospital Sunday morning after a mix of household cleaners in a motel room made them sick, an official said.

The officers responded about 4:15 p.m. Saturday to a person-dead call at the United Inn & Suites on Memorial Drive, spokeswoman Shiera Campbell said.

“The officers were overwhelmed by a strong chemical odor in the room,” Campbell said, “causing them to feel nauseous and lightheaded.”

The officers were kept overnight at a hospital and released Sunday morning.

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The FBI was contacted to help identify the substance.

“Other than a combination of household cleaning solutions, no other harmful substances have been identified at this time,” Campbell said.

A DeKalb County Fire Rescue hazmat unit responded and evacuated the motel’s third floor as a precaution. DeKalb County's homeland security unit also helped.

The body was identified as 47-year-old Frances Wilkes by the DeKalb County Medical Examiner's office. Cause of death is pending test results from the motel.

The motel is back to normal operations.

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