Buffalo Grove police and firefighter/paramedics responded about 8:35 PM Thursday to a report of an irritating odor at the Extended Stay America, 1525 East Busch Parkway, Buffalo Grove, IL. Police and firefighter/paramedics received a report of a noxious odor on the first floor. Engine 26 crew members on arrival reported an irritant odor from an unknown source at about 8:45 p.m. on the first floor. Engine 27’s crew stood by with a hose line in case Engine 26’s crew required decontamination.
A Buffalo Grove battalion chief requested a Hazmat Level 2 response by about 8:45 p.m. which brought extra crews from Lincolnshire-Riverwoods, Long Grove and Wheeling.
Firefighters from Lake Bluff, Mount Prospect, Palatine, Palatine Rural, and Rolling Meadows stood by in Buffalo Grove fire stations while firefighters searched for about two hours for the source of the irritant odor.
Firefighters found the source of the odor in a room on the first floor about 10:30 p.m. The source of the odor was reported to be “not hazardous” and fire crews began leaving the scene at about 10:35 p.m. The source of the harmless odor? Someone was cooking hot peppers on a stove in a room on the first floor.
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