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High levels of nitrogen found in Middletown sewer

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Posted by Amber Jenkins - email

MIDDLETOWN, OH (FOX19) -- High levels of nitrogen were found in a sewer where a city worker died last week according to city officials.

The City of Middletown hired and independent testing company to investigate the sewer area where maintenance worker Jabin Lakes died and three Middletown firefighters were injured on May 7. The results showed that there were high levels of nitrogen found in the sewer.

Testing will begin to locate the possible source of the nitrogen in the sewer cavity.

Officials say that the Middletown Fire department will also be doing some precautionary testing and air monitoring in the in the manhole in the Meadow Avenue area. All testing so far, has shown normal oxygen levels.

Yankee Road from Lafayette to Pershing will be closed until present testing is completed.

According to the City Law Director, data indicates that Jabin Lakes may have died from nitrogen asphyxiation. The Butler County coroner's office will have to make the determination to the actual cause of death.

"The City is doing everything possible to ensure the safety of the public and our employees," says Middletown Mayor Larry Mulligan Jr. "We are waiting for complete answers on the situation so we can fully resolve the issue," he says.

A second testing company hired by the city is also doing their independent testing of the air quality at the site.The second report is expected early next week.

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