Mer­cury ren­ders build­ing un­in­hab­it­able

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

FALL RIVER (AP) — A Fall River apart­ment build­ing has been deemed un­in­hab­it­able af­ter the re­lease of mer­cury.

Fire of­fi­cials say the poi­sonous ma­te­rial was re­leased into the Ham­let St. build­ing by a man try­ing to melt down old den­tal fill­ings, believ­ing they were sil­ver.

Fall River District Fire Chief Michael Clark said the res­i­dent melted the fill­ings Jan. 25 and went to the hos­pi­tal three days later. Ini­tially doc­tors couldn’t un­der­stand what made him ill.

Toxic lev­els of mer­cury were dis­cov­ered when emer­gency of­fi­cials re­sponded to the build­ing Satur­day af­ter a 17-yearold girl who lives there be­came ill. She tested pos­i­tive for mer­cury and was trans­ported to a Rhode Is­land hos­pi­tal. Dur­ing the past few weeks, three pets in the build­ing died.

Of­fi­cials said ev­ery res­i­dent of the build­ing was tested for mer­cury.

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