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2 Found Dead After Extermination

December 11, 1998

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) _ The bodies of two men were found in an apartment building that had been covered with a tent and saturated with poison gas to kill termites.

Police were unsure if the men were inside when the gas was turned on, died prior to the extermination or entered the building during the procedure.

Neither body showed signs of trauma, Detective Mike Reed said. One of the victims lived in the building.

Autopsies were being performed.

Exterminators went to work on the apartment building Wednesday, and tenants were informed last week they would have to spend the night away from home.

Exterminator Ray Cardenas said the building was checked before the gas was turned on.

``When my guys came back to take the tent down, they saw a seam open on the left hand side,″ Cardenas said.

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