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19 treated for exposure to unknown substance at jail

May 14, 2019 GMT

ROSEVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Nineteen inmates and staff have been treated for exposure to an unidentified substance at a Northern California jail.

The Roseville Fire Department says it was called to the South Placer Jail northeast of Sacramento Monday afternoon by a report that an inmate was showing an “altered level of consciousness.”

Officials say it’s believed an inmate brought some unknown substance into the booking area.

Authorities say some inmates and sheriff’s deputies had medical issues. Jaime Garrett with the Fire Department tells KTXL-TV that some felt disoriented, didn’t know their names or where they were.


Six inmates and deputies were decontaminated and treated at the scene. Thirteen other people were decontaminated and sent to hospitals for evaluation.

Fire officials say the booking area was isolated and there’s no threat to anyone else.