Spokane, Washington – Three People Taken to the Hospital For Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Posted on Wednesday, December 18th, 2019 at 9:51 pm
Spokane, Washington (December 16, 2019) – Two adults and a child were taken to a hospital for getting carbon monoxide poisoning in an apartment building on the 8 block of South Magnolia Street. The extent of their injuries has not been mentioned, but it was reported that they have been released from the hospital. The rest of the building was also evacuated in the incident and no other injuries have been reported.
The Spokane Fire Department first received reports of carbon monoxide in the mixed-use building before 8 a.m. on Monday morning. The fire department reported a high concentration of carbon monoxide was present on the second floor of the building. According to the investigation, the building was shut off due to poor wiring presenting a fire danger. Residents were given a stipend for temporary housing when the power had been shut off on Friday, but tenants began using the generators on the roof to power space heaters and other devices. The exhaust from the generators caused the carbon monoxide to accumulate inside the building.
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