Strange smell reported before man found dead in Hyde Park hazmat situation

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CHICAGO -- A man was found dead Wednesday in a hazmat situation in a Hyde Park residence.

The initial call for the HazMat was made due to an unknown odor in a building at the 1200 block of east 53rd and Blackstone in Hyde Park.

Around 2 a.m., paramedics responded to a call of a man who was found unresponsive in the building, said fire officials.

The man, identified as 25-year-old Zackary D. Padove, was pronounced dead at the scene, said police officials and the Cook County medical examiners office.

Seven other tenants were evacuated from the building, and for about eight hours, there was a level one hazmat alert.  At 10 a,m,, investigators said there was no environmental danger to the public.

The Chicago fire department says Padove lived in the three story apartment building with his mother and that she was the one who found him and called police.

WGN News asked Chicago police for an update on the investigation and if they could tell us the source of that strange odor, and if they believe it caused that man's death, but they would not comment at this point.

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