Dead, at Least 11 Poisoned in Michigan Hotel Carbon Monoxide Leak

Apr 03, 2017, 02:00
Dead, at Least 11 Poisoned in Michigan Hotel Carbon Monoxide Leak

Police have identified the 13-year-old boy who died of carbon monoxide poisoning at a MI hotel pool Saturday morning as 12 others were rushed to local hospitals. The other six children hospitalized as a result of the toxic leak ranged in age from 12-14.

Hotel staff found the children lying unresponsive at an indoor pool deck and the breakfast area adjacent to the pool at 10 a.m. ET after noticing their figures through a window, Niles Fire Capt. Don Wise told NBC affiliate WNDU.

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. Responding officers were able to get the girl to respond to them and she was able to walk outside to an ambulance, police said.

They were all believed to be suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, and 13-year-old Brian Douglas Watts, from Niles, did not survive.

"When we first went in with our [air] monitors, the monitors went off", Wise said. No other details about the child were released.

An inspection by a mechanical engineer showed the cause was a malfunction in the pool heater, the Niles Fire Department told WSBT.

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The child taken to Lakeland was dead on arrival, Jessica Hines, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said. United States standards for carbon monoxide are 35 parts per million for a one-hour exposure. Wise said a pool heater could have caused the problem, but that is still under investigation. "I didn't see any movement in their bodies at all".

Police say a Niles officer and a Berrien County sheriff's deputy were hospitalized for carbon monoxide overexposure.

The hotel has been shut down until repairs are made. Wise said the pool area did not have a carbon monoxide detector.

Officials are trying to find the source of the leak.

"Carbon monoxide is odorless, colorless, tasteless". If the case is isolated to just the pool area, the hotel will reopen once fully aired out.

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