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A retired chemist's chemicals caused Roseville evacuation

Roseville residents evacuated late Monday afternoon were allowed to go home after police and fire crews dealt with a hazardous materials incident involving chemicals found in a garage on Quails Nest Street.

"Update: Residents are now able to return to their homes" the Roseville Fire Department wrote on Facebook. "The Roseville HazMat team will remain on scene for a period of time to assist the home owners. Thank you to all of the residents for their patience."

The department explained that a resident in the 1000 block of Quails Nest "recently had a family member (a retired chemist) who lived out of the area who passed away. The deceased family member's belongings were brought to the residents home here in Roseville."

"As the homeowners began going through the boxes they found chemicals that were unknown to them and called the fire department. Chemicals can degrade over time and become unstable," the department said on Facebook.

Homes on Quails Nest between Waterside and Black Hawk streets were evacuated as a precaution, according to a Fire Department Twitter post at about 4:40 p.m. There was no estimate as to when residents might be allowed to return to their homes.

The neighborhood affected is north of Blue Oaks Boulevard and east of Woodcreek Oaks Boulevard.