SYRACUSE, Utah — Members of
the 85th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil
Support Team responded July 25 in support of local
authorities at a hazardous-materials incident in
The situation bore a striking
resemblance to an incident in February, where two young
girls died after a pest-control company buried phosphine
pellets too close to their house in Layton.
"The incident had an alarming
familiarity to the incident that took the lives of
Rebecca and Rachael Toone," said LTC Tyler Smith,
commander of the 85th, who also responded to
the Layton incident.
On July 24 an exterminator had
applied spray and granule chemicals around the Syracuse
home and in the garage to eliminate earwigs, ants,
wasps, and other insects.
The following day the family
smelled a strange, metallic odor in the house. They
borrowed a carbon monoxide (CO) detector from a neighbor
which went off when they brought it into the house.