San Mateo police found a female dead inside a hotel Monday afternoon, and are linking the death to a possible chemical exposure.
Emergency officials responded to the Hilton Garden Inn, located at 2000 Bridgepoint Circle, at about 2 p.m. to reports of a fatality, Sgt. Dave Norris said.
Responding personnel noted evidence of an unidentified exposure incident. In the interest of safety, the scene was secured, adjacent hotel rooms were evacuated, and a hazardous materials call-out was initiated, according to Norris.
A unified incident command was formed consisting of the San Mateo County Hazardous Materials Response Team, the San Mateo Police Department, the San Mateo and Foster City Fire Departments, Belmont Fire Department, San Mateo County Fire, the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services, and the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.
As of 4 p.m. there was no public danger of exposure.
The incident itself, including the exact chain of events leading to the exposure and the fatality, remains under investigation.
Portions of the hotel will remain closed and dozens of safety personnel may be on scene for the next 2-3 hours.
The exact cause of death and victim identification will be determined by the San Mateo County Coroner’s Office.