Police re-evacuate four houses in Barrie after more chemicals discovered
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Less than a day after police allowed them to return home, residents of four homes in Barrie were evacuated again on Friday morning after police found more dangerous chemicals in a nearby residence.
Investigators found the chemicals behind a panel in the basement of 30 Virgilwood Cres., according to police spokeswoman Const. Angela Butler.
“Safety is of paramount importance,” said Butler, noting that residents in another three homes across the street from the property were asked to remain indoors as investigators worked to remove the chemicals.
Butler added that the evacuation was temporary and residents would be allowed to return home Friday night.
Last Thursday, police discovered dozens of improvised explosive devices, chemicals and firearms inside the house of William Feldhoff, 75. A day earlier, his son Donald, 54, confessed to the 1978 execution-style killing of Michael Traynor and warned police of explosives in his parents’ home.
Police evacuated 57 residents from the street as bomb technicians began to remove explosives from the Feldhoff house. Donald Feldhoff was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and his father was charged as an accessory. Both men are expected to face additional charges related to the explosive materials later found at the Feldhoff residence.
On Thursday afternoon, authorities announced they had cleared the property of 83 improvised explosive devices, containers full of chemicals and other harmful materials, and told residents it was safe to return home.
But the chemicals discovered Friday prompted police to reverse their decision for houses bordering the Feldhoff property.