Chemical Smoke from Orleans Fire Prompts Evacuation

Orleans, CA – Neighbors near a chemically fumigated house in Orleans, about 350 miles north of San Francisco, are being evacuated after the house caught fire after 10 a.m. this morning.

U.S. Forest Service Public Information Officer Peggi Lawrence told SUN News the house was tented and being fumigated with the chemical sulfuryl fluoride by a private company. Lawrence said the company was either taking the tents down or preparing to in order to air out the house when the fire started.

U.S. Forest Service officials are evacuating neighbors near the house as the smoke from the house contains harmful chemicals.

The owner was not home at the time of the fire, but has been notified. Three people were in the house at the time of the fire and are currently being treated for inhaling hazardous chemical fumes. The county Department of Health and Human Services Environmental Health Division has also been called to the scene to assist.