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Aug 16, 2012 7:22 PM by Ian Cross

Man, 2 cats injured by chlorine gas inhalation on northwest side

TUCSON - One man was injured and his two cats are in serious condition from chlorine gas exposure after he mixed hazardous pool chemicals inside his home.

Northwest Fire's hazardous materials unit responded to a home on the northwest side after the homeowner reported that he had mixed two packages of "pool shock" chemicals into water inside his home, and it began to give off gas, according to a news release from NWFD.

The man suffered inhalation injuries from the fumes, and was treated at the scene by NWFD paramedics. Firefighters donned air packs and rescued two cats from inside the home, who were taken to a vet for emergency treatment, the release states. Both were listed in serious condition.

The Hazmat team found high levels of chlorine gas inside the home when they took air samples; ventilation fans were set up to clear the home of gas. The neighborhood was also monitored, but no chlorine gas was detected outside the home, the release states.

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