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Spokane, Washington – Old City Hall Evacuated Due to Carbon Monoxide

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Posted on January 24, 2020

Spokane, Washington (January 23, 2020) – Carbon monoxide was found in the basement of the Old City Hall on the 221 block of North Howard Street on Thursday morning. According to The Spokesman-Review, the building was safely evacuated and no one sustained injuries in the incident. Workers were allowed to return to the building when repairs were made.

According to the article, workers first called 911 just after 6 a.m., reporting an “unknown odor” coming from the basement of the building. Responding crews found extreme levels of carbon monoxide in the basement, and determined that the gas was coming from a defective boiler. In response, firefighters ventilated the building and repaired the boiler. The incident has been determined to be accidental.

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