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Auburn firefighters were removing an unknown substance at Auburn Correctional Facility Thursday.

A hazmat team was called to Auburn Correctional Facility Thursday after a suspicious substance was found.

Auburn firefighters and an ambulance were called to the prison around 9:30 a.m. The state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision said there was "evidence of a suspected unknown substance" at the prison, so a hazmat crew was called in "out of an abundance of caution."

DOCCS referred questions for additional information to state police, which could not be immediately reached for comment.

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The investigation was ongoing Thursday afternoon. Auburn firefighters were still at the prison after 4 p.m., and barrels had been delivered to the scene. Emergency radio transmissions indicated that some firefighters were undergoing a decontamination process. Auburn Fire Department referred all questions to DOCCS.

In 2018, a similar response took place at ACF when a white powder was found in the facility's mailroom. That later was determined to be non-toxic.

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