Pest control officers find body in Gainesville home
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) — An empty house being fumigated for insects has apparently become a death chamber for a man who wandered inside.
Gainesville police responded to a house on NW 10th St. after receiving a call from pest control reporting a body.
“It sounds like a Gainesville thing. I’m not too surprised,” said neighbor Ryan Flickinger.
A man who lives opposite the house said that although it was his last day in the neighborhood, it was one of the most eventful.
“All of a sudden we’re off on another trip to the new house and there’s like three police cars, two ambulances, a fire truck, pest control units,” Caleb Ross said.
A spokesperson for the police department said pest control treated the home for bugs.
On Friday, they filled the place with poisonous gas. When they came back today to evacuate him, they found a dead man on the second floor.
“Well, that’s sad. To be honest, it breaks my heart,” Flickinger said.
When officers arrived on the scene around 2 p.m., they were unable to enter the house because the chemicals in the air were still too dangerous.
“I see those upstairs windows are open, but I guess they have it under control,” Ross said.
Police said they believe the man may have broken into the house.
“Maybe they all moved out and someone was trying to sneak in there to grab something and thought it was going to be okay, or some homeless man walked in or something,” Ross said. .
Police said that because the chemicals still lingered in the air, officers were unable to get inside the home yet.
In the meantime, this remains an ongoing investigation.
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