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Ground gases likely source of odor at Epping offices
DeAngelis, who met with representatives from the N.H. Department of Environmental Services Wednesday afternoon, said firefighters responded to 5 Janelle Court around 3:30 p.m. Tuesday after employees of Rockingham Dental reported that a strange odor was present in the building for a few days.
DeAngelis said ambulance crews from Brentwood and Raymond took three people to Exeter Hospital while a fourth was driven there. A fifth person, who was complaining of a headache, declined transport Tuesday.
DeAngelis said members of the regional hazardous materials team, which is comprised of firefighters from across the Seacoast, were “instrumental” in helping crews narrow down the potential source of the odor.
“It could be from regularly occurring ground gas,” DeAngelis said, adding the office was built on top of an area which used to be wetlands.
The office is located in an industrial and residential area off of Route 125.
DeAngelis said the building will remain unoccupied until the owner finds a remedy to the issue, and firefighters and the DES will work with the owner.
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