Carbon monoxide causes apartment evacuation in De Pere

Posted Tuesday, November 19, 2013 --- 8:00 a.m.

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) -- An apartment building in De Pere is evacuated because of carbon monoxide.

Fire officials say at least 30 people were forced from their homes about 9 p.m. Monday after some tenants were found to be suffering from symptoms of possible carbon monoxide poisoning. Two people were taken to the hospital for treatment.

Authorities say a monitor found the CO level in the apartment building above 300 parts per million. Firefighters use breathing equipment when the CO level reaches 200 parts per million.

WBAY-TV reports fire officials say a natural gas heating unit in a storage area was the source of the carbon monoxide. Residents were allowed back home after the building was ventilated for about an hour.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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