HOUSTON Investigators are probing the discovery of what could be cocaine inside a Houston Fire Station.

Police confirmed a package containing a white powdery substance was located inside the living quarters of Station 17 on Thursday night.

Firefighters reportedly left the station for a brief while police began investigating the discovery.

According to police, the powder has the appearance of a controlled substance.

Neighbors who live behind the fire station on Navigation Road east of downtown want to know more.

You put a lot of trust with the fire dept and HPD. It s something you don t expect to happen. It raises a lot of concerns, like what is really going on in these fire departments, said neighbor Albert Martinez.

The Houston Fire Department would not speculate on who could be responsible.

A spokesman released the following statement:

Yesterday evening (Nov. 29, 2012), we received a report that an unknown substance, that had the appearance of a controlled substance, was found at fire station 17. We are currently conducting an administrative investigation concurrent with a Houston Police Department investigation. It is against our policy to comment on the details of an ongoing investigation and it would be inappropriate for us to comment on another agency s ongoing investigation, except to tell you that the HFD is assisting and will continue to provide whatever resources are necessary in this investigation.

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