Investigators probe suspicious package at office building

January 18, 2011

By Staff

A first responder’s hazardous materials suit lies on the ground as Eastside Fire & Rescue firefighters and Issaquah police officers gather after the lock down of the Lake Place Office Center on Jan. 13. By Greg Farrar

Issaquah Police Department and federal agents continue to probe a suspicious package delivered to a North Issaquah office building late last week.

Police said emergency crews mobilized at about 2 p.m. Jan. 13 after receiving reports of a package containing a suspicious powder. Eastside Fire & Rescue and Issaquah Police Department teams responded to the building in the 1600 block of Northwest Sammamish Road, after workers reported concerns about the contents in a package sent to the business.

EFR sent a hazardous materials team to retrieve and remove the package. Officials also locked down the building and cordoned off the area for several hours.

Responders said three or four workers reported headaches and sore throats. EFR did not transport any workers for medical treatment and the affected workers recovered not long after emergency crews arrived.

Crews ended the lock down and allowed workers inside the building to depart at about 5:15 p.m. Investigators interviewed some workers at the scene.

The investigation expanded to include the police department, the FBI and the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the agency responsible for mail-related crimes. Officials had not yet determined the contents of the package.

The incident occurred at the Lake Place Office Center near Costco and Costco headquarters. Costco also owns and operates the building.

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