Blocked chimney caused fatal carbon monoxide leak

Blocked chimney caused fatal carbon monoxide leak”

Seven people, who were first to respond to the incident, were treated for poisoning. Authorities stressed that if they had, been working, the 13-year-old girl who died might well be alive today. The three relatives in critical condition include a 14-year-old girl, a man in his 40s and a 21-year-old woman.

Meanwhile, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's office was looking at whether there were carbon monoxide detectors in every unit, while the Perth Amboy Fire Department was warning people to make sure they had working carbon monoxide detectors.

"Then I heard screaming".

'We proceeded to evacuate the entire building which required them to kick in several doors, there's 12 apartments in the building, ' Chief Roman McKeon, Perth Amboy Police told ABC. Their current conditions are unknown.

Mireya Moralez said she was one of the people taken out of the building when police arrived. Some residents had even passed out due to the inhalation of the gas, WABC stated. Carbon monoxide levels were so high in the building that 27 police officers who came to the building to help out also had to be treated for exposure to carbon monoxide.

Among the 41 people treated for poisoning at the 12-unit apartment building were 27 police officers which amounts to 20 per cent of the force
Among the 41 people treated for poisoning at the 12-unit apartment building were 27 police officers which amounts to 20 per cent of the force

The displaced residents were taken to a hotel and firefighters were searching for the source of the leak. Police knew immediately there was some toxin in the building and started getting tenants out of their apartments.

Yonkers police responded to an apartment house at 104 Oak 2:28 a.m. after a resident called about a family member who might have been exposed to carbon monoxide, Lt. Peter Scully said.

According to the investigation, the clay liner collapsed inside the chimney and obstructed the flow of carbon monoxide exhaust.

The temperature in Perth Amboy, was only around 20 degrees on Thursday evening. Two of the most common forms of carbon monoxide poisoning at this time of year are from auto exhausts, generators and ageing heating systems, Dr Calello added.

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