Apparent carbon monoxide poisoning incident injures 21 in Perth Amboy

A 13-year-old girl was killed and dozens of people were poisoned by a carbon monoxide leak at a 12-unit apartment building in Perth Amboy New Jersey on Thursday afternoon

"Then I heard screaming". Six of the victims were unconscious upon arrival to the hospital.

At least nine people have been injured after carbon monoxide filled a home in Yonkers. First responders were present within 60 seconds of the call.

'When it's cold, temperatures like this people will use space heaters and alternative methods to stay warm if they're heating systems aren't working, ' Perth Amboy Fire Chief Edward Mullen told CBS. The building has been evacuated.

The police is said to have had opened a triage area outside on the front lawn of the building. Their conditions are not yet known.

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

Several carbon monoxide detectors allegedly failed to work, the station also reported, adding that it is being investigated as a criminal matter.

'We immediately knew it was some sort of toxin, ' Perth Amboy Deputy Police Chief Larry Cattano told NBC New York. 'They're important to have a carbon monoxide alarms and every apartment'.

New Jersey Poison Control Center Executive and Medical Director Dr Diane Calello said, "Severe weather often results in illness and deaths from hypothermia and carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning, as well as exposures to a variety of substances", Express website reported.

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning can include nausea, shortness of breath and other flu-like traits.


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