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Deputy possibly exposed to chemicals while on call, experiences 'unusual' symptoms

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A Burke County deputy experienced several medical issues while responding to a call Tuesday and chemicals are suspected to be the cause. 

According to the Burke County Sheriff's Office, Deputy Bryant Baker was responding to a breaking and entering call in the former STS Technologies building on Piney Road in Morganton just before 5 p.m. 

While on scene, Baker "experienced some medical issues that were believed to be related to exposure to chemicals on the site." Baker was then taken to Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge-Morganton for evaluation, according to the Burke County Office of Emergency Services. 

Baker's symptoms were "unusual," according to Emergency Services. 

Emergency Services says chemicals were being stored on the site. A spokesperson with Emergency Services released this statement Wednesday:

"At this time, officials are not aware of any containers leaking or product being spilled. There is no risk of exposure or contamination to citizens. The owner was contacted and is cooperating with officials involved with the inquiry."

Deputies said Baker is expected to be OK and "continues to improve."  Baker is expected to return to work on Friday, according to the sheriff's office. Baker has been released from the hospital. 

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