Bernal Heights Carbon Dioxide Leak Kills One, Hospitalizes Another

Bernal Heights Carbon Dioxide Leak Kills One, Hospitalizes Another”

One neighbor died and five others were stricken in the early morning hours today following a carbon monoxide poisoning incident at a Bernal Heights home on the 300 block of Moultrie, near the intersection of Eugenia.

"The residents in the upper unit heard their Carbon dioxide detector go off", said San Francisco Fire spokesman Jonathan Baxter.

Fire crews arrived at a home on Cortland Avenue around 4:26 a.m. and rushed to perform life-saving measures on one victim but unfortunately, they died. The elderly woman was also unconscious but taken to St. Francis Hospital. She was in serious condition.

Baxter said the elderly woman was discovered unconscious near the front door. After 45 minutes, he was pronounced dead on the scene. Investigators were focusing on a water heater and a heating unit as a possible source of the CO2. Residents of the upper unit have been able to return to their home.

Baxter urged people to annually check their appliances for any problems, especially as heaters are turned on for winter.

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