Boiler caused apartment complex’s CO problem
A malfunctioning boiler caused the high levels of carbon monoxide that forced the evacuation of about 50 people from the Ulster Gardens apartment complex, the town supervisor said Monday.
James Quigley said the boiler at the complex on East Chester Street Bypass was being repaired and there was no danger to residents.
Residents of Ulster Gardens were evacuated to a common area at the complex about 12:45 p.m. Sunday, after an alarm alerted firefighters, and they were allowed back into their apartments about 1:30 p.m.
No injuries or illnesses were reported, and Quigley said the carbon monoxide alarms worked “as they were designed” to alert authorities.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas produced by the inefficient burning of fuel, and it 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 and Prevention.