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Burglary suspects exposed to hazardous materials

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Two burglary suspects were taken to Queens Medical Center Wednesday morning after being exposed to hazardous materials.

According to police, two men attempted to burglarize a home that was being fumigated on Lusitana Street near Milo and Ohelo Lanes.

Officials say neighbors called police at about 3 a.m. to report a possible break in.

The Honolulu Fire Department, HAZMAT crews and the fumigation company -- Diversified Exterminators -- were called at about 4:30 a.m. to assist in the matter.

HFD worked with the fumigation company to ventilate the home that was filled with the toxic gas, Vikane.

Police entered the home after the air levels were deemed safe. At about 6:15 a.m. officers found one of the suspects, a 25-year-old male, hiding in a bedroom.

The second suspect, a 21-year-old male, was arrested outside of the home upon HPD's arrival.

Both suspects were arrested on suspicion of burglary.

According to officials, $1,000 in valuables are still missing.

Diversified Exterminators say this isn't the first time an incident like this occurred.

The company says they offer a security option to clients, but in this case the homeowner declined the offer.

 

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