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One dead after hazmat situation in Jackson County

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UPDATE: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017 -- 1:30 P.M.

GRAND TOWER -- The deceased victim has been identified as 68-year-old Alvin Heggie, according to the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. 

The hospitalized women is 67-year-old Eileen Hudgins. The Sheriff's Department said she is in stable condition.

ORIGINAL STORY: WEDNESDAY, JAN. 24, 2017 -- 10:15 A.M.

GRAND TOWER -- One man is dead and a woman in the hospital after a hazmat situation created by mixing household cleaning chemicals.

According to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, officers and later hazmat units responded to a house on 3rd Street in Grand Tower a little after 3:00 p.m. Tuesday where a man wasn’t breathing.

He was pronounced dead on scene from the poisonous gas.

Investigators on scene said the gas was caused after the residents mixed bleach and a commercial drain cleaner in an attempt to clear a drain.

"We arrived, determined there was a chemical hazard due to the mixing of two household cleaning chemicals," said D.W. Presley, an officer for the Carbondale fire department and member of the MABAS 45 hazmat team.

A woman in the house was transported to a local hospital and later flown to St. Louis for further treatment.

Presley said that mixing household cleaners can produce dangerous gasses almost immediately.

"Mixing any household cleaning chemicals can be dangerous," he said. "There are several chemicals that people use and have in their house every day that mixed together can make toxic gasses."

Crews were at the house until about 9:30 p.m. airing out the residence.

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