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Police: 'Chemical Substance' Sparked Sycamore Circle Smoke Scare

Though police say there is no hazard to nearby residents.

What was originally reported as a fire in a rental home on Sycamore Circle early Thursday morning turned out to be a situation involving an undisclosed chemical substance, according to Suffolk County police.

According to a detective sergeant who works in the narcotics division of the Suffolk County Police Department, said police are trying to identify the substance but that there is no hazard for nearby residents.

The 911 call came in at 1:40 a.m. as a fire, and a police spokesperson said two officers were taken to the Stony Brook University Hospital for smoke inhalation. Suffolk police also said the arson section is investigating.

The detective sergeant said the house was occupied by several students, including Stony Brook University students and a Dowling College graduate student. He said the resident of the room in the house where the smoke came from was not home at the time of the incident.

Town of Brookhaven records show that the house has an active rental permit.

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.

Sick of Sycamore Circle December 07, 2012 at 10:57 PM
Jenny, Please write in proper English.
Psychiatrist December 09, 2012 at 01:14 PM
LOL, watch your own English, sick man! Letter P in your "Please" should not be capitalized.
Sickmore Circle December 09, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I was interested in this issue and looked up the records. It turns out that it was sold to an American corporation registered with New York State. Further inquiry seems to suggest that foreign corporations are not permitted to purchase residential properties in the U.S.
Sickmore Circle December 09, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Who are they? As an old man, I remember hearing my grandmother talking about the boarding houses and tenantments in Lower East Side, New York City, where she and her family lived after her father immigrated from Ireland in 1863. These same boarding houses and tenements were later occupied by Jews. Now the same thing happens to hispanics in Patchogue! Alas, this is America, where we tend to forget where we come from and we hate later comers.:-)
LivingSmall December 12, 2012 at 06:31 PM
Jenny, The following is a legitimate site that the Patch included in an article months ago. I've included a link and a snippet to show you that foreign absentee landlords are a direct result of SBU's presence. That the group happens to be Chinese, and that those investors live halfway around the globe makes them generally uncontactable absentee landlords who have no idea as to what is transpiring. http://www.stonybrookchina.com/ "REAL ESTATE INVESTMENT IN THE NEW YORK Eventually we would like to grow to include real estate investment anywhere in the US, but for now, we are able to handle the metro NY area. Parents of students going to American colleges find it is smart to purchase a residence near the college their child is attending, especially graduate students. It becomes a long term investment, it gives the student a place to live, it provides income by having the extra rooms rented to other students. The process is a complicated one if a mortgage is needed." Foreign students have parents buying up properties for their children to live in and to bring in income. Are the parents (who chances are still live in their native country) actually doing any sort of vigorous background checks? What do they care? They don't live here. They reap the rental income, we wind up with the detritus.

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