What was originally reported as a fire in a rental home on Sycamore Circle early Thursday morning turned out to be a situation involving an undisclosed chemical substance, according to Suffolk County police.
According to a detective sergeant who works in the narcotics division of the Suffolk County Police Department, said police are trying to identify the substance but that there is no hazard for nearby residents.
The 911 call came in at 1:40 a.m. as a fire, and a police spokesperson said two officers were taken to the Stony Brook University Hospital for smoke inhalation. Suffolk police also said the arson section is investigating.
The detective sergeant said the house was occupied by several students, including Stony Brook University students and a Dowling College graduate student. He said the resident of the room in the house where the smoke came from was not home at the time of the incident.
Town of Brookhaven records show that the house has an active rental permit.
Patch will update this story as more information becomes available.