Ala. family hospitalized with CO poisoning

By: AP
By: AP

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) - A family of six has been hospitalized
with carbon monoxide poisoning after a heater switch in their home
malfunctioned.

The Orange Beach Fire Department said the malfunction allowed
the odorless gas to fill the family's home overnight.
Battalion Chief Kevin Landford said firefighters and paramedics
arrived at residence just before 7 a.m. Tuesday to discover the
adults in the household showing symptoms of carbon monoxide
poisoning.

Rescuers had special cardiac monitors and defibrillators to
assess patients for exposure to carbon monoxide and treatment was
initiated at the house.

Landford said all but the youngest child showed symptoms and the
entire family was eventually taken by ambulance to South Baldwin
Regional Medical Center in Foley.

Information from: Press-Register,
http://www.al.com/mobileregister

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