Fam­ily suf­fers car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing

The Province - - NEWS - TIF­FANY CRAW­FORD — With files from Har­ri­son Mooney ticraw­[email protected]­media.com

Five mem­bers of a fam­ily have been flown to hos­pi­tal in Van­cou­ver af­ter a car­bon monox­ide leak in Bar­riere.

The lat­est CO scare comes one day af­ter more than a dozen of­fice work­ers were taken to hos­pi­tal in Van­cou­ver af­ter a car­bon monox­ide prob­lem in an of­fice build­ing.

Shan­non Miller of Emer­gency Health Ser­vices says a 911 caller told the caller to get ev­ery­one out of the home Thurs­day morn­ing, even though two of the fam­ily mem­bers were un­con­scious.

Bar­riere Fire Chief Ash­ley Wohlge­muth said they were called to a house in Bar­riere, north of Kam­loops, at around 7:30 a.m. on Thurs­day.

She said all five mem­bers of the fam­ily had made it out of the house, and were taken by air to Van­cou­ver for treat­ment of car­bon monox­ide poi­son­ing. She didn’t know their con­di­tion, but said they were all ex­pected to sur­vive. A post on the Bar­riere First Re­spon­ders Face­book page said they were all in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Wohlge­muth added that Van­cou­ver is bet­ter equipped to deal with the poi­son­ing, which can in­volve the use of hy­per­baric cham­bers.

Car­bon monox­ide is a colourless, odour­less gas that is pro­duced any time a car­bon-based fuel such as gaso­line, propane, char­coal or oil burns. When in­haled, it can re­duce the body’s abil­ity to carry oxy­gen in the blood, caus­ing ill­ness and even death.

Wohlge­muth wouldn’t dis­close whether chil­dren were among the ill. She said there was a work­ing CO de­tec­tor in their house.

On Wed­nes­day, 13 peo­ple were taken to hos­pi­tal af­ter a CO leak in the of­fice build­ing. Two of them were in crit­i­cal con­di­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to B.C. Emer­gency Health Ser­vices, paramedics were called to the 1600-block of West 5th Av­enue just be­fore 10 a.m., where an in­di­vid­ual had col­lapsed.


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