Apart­ment com­plex evac­u­ated amid car­bon monox­ide probe

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - LOCAL NEWS - Freeman staff

TOWN OF UL­STER >> Fifty res­i­dents of the Ul­ster Gar­dens apart­ment com­plex off East Ch­ester Street By­pass were evac­u­ated Sun­day af­ter­noon af­ter “an ex­tremely high level car­bon monox­ide” was de­tected there , Cen­tral Hud­son spokesper­son Dana O’Neill said.

Ul­ster town Su­per­vi­sor James Quigley said fire­fight­ers from Ul­ster Hose Com­pany No. 5 and util­ity work­ers from Cen­tral Hud­son re­sponded to the scene in re­sponse to a car­bon monox­ide alarm around 12:10 p.m.

Res­i­dents of the com­plex were evac­u­ated to a com­mon area, Quigley said.

Quigley, who had been at­tend­ing a Na­tional Guard cer­e­mony in Kingston, said he was ad­vised of the sit­u­a­tion and got to the scene around 12:45 p.m. He said he was told it would be quickly re­solved with res­i­dents be­ing al­lowed to re­turn to their apart­ments around 1:30 p.m.

Ul­ster Hose Com­pany No. 5 as­sis­tant chief John Kelly said he couldn’t of­fer de­tails on the in­ci­dent be­cause fire­fight­ers were be­ing called back to the scene be­fore they had a chance to brief him on the in­ci­dent.

O’Neill said late Sun­day af­ter­noon that util­ity crews had left the scene and res­i­dents had re­turned to their units.

Car­bon monox­ide, a col­or­less, odor­less gas that is pro­duced by the in­ef­fi­cient burn­ing of fuel, can be deadly. Com­mon symp­toms of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing are headache, dizzi­ness, weak­ness, up­set stom­ach, vom­it­ing, chest pain, and con­fu­sion, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol.

Ul­ster Gar­dens, owned by Devon Man­age­ment, is de­scribed as an “af­ford­able apart­ment com­plex” that fea­tures one-, two-, and three-bed­room apart­ments, ac­cord­ing to its web­site.

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