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May 24, 2020
Police Officer and Unidentified Man Overcome by CO Poisoning in Townhome
Portage, WI

It was a close call for an unidentified man and a police officer when police responded to a townhouse Sunday around 4:00 p.m. to investigate a report of a 40-year old male experiencing dizziness and slurring his words.

According to local news reports, shortly after first responders arrived on-scene they found the man unresponsive, and then their carbon monoxide monitors begin to alarm. According to first responders, the officer who had assisted the man in evacuating the building was also affected by CO poisoning. Both were taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The police officer was later released, but there’s been no word on the condition of the man.

As a precaution, some residents in the townhouse complex were evacuated for a couple hours to allow the carbon monoxide to dissipate. The source of the carbon monoxide remains under investigation.

The report did not mention the presence of CO detectors in the home.


February 29, 2020
12 People Taken to Hospital Due to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Macungie Township, PA

Twelve people were taken to a local hospital after reporting feeling ill in a home where high levels of carbon monoxide were later found. According to fire Chief David Nosal, an ambulance was first dispatched to the home but then called the fire department at 10:27 p.m. to help assist. Other EMS units from around the area were also dispatched, as well as local troopers who assisted patients into waiting ambulances.

The victims were treated at Lehigh Valley Hospital for CO inhalation, but only one was admitted. As of Monday they were reported to be in stable condition.

Although the source of carbon monoxide is under investigation, the heating unit was the suspect.

The report did not mention the presence of CO detectors in the home.

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