Fire crews in St. Petersburg, Florida, rescued two adults and five children who were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Fire crews in St. Petersburg rescued two adults and five children who were suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator.
Authorities say a generator running in the garage caused the fumes to build up inside the home early Friday.
St. Petersburg Fire Rescue crews arrived at the home shortly after 4 a.m.
Spokesman Steve Lawrence told the Tampa Bay Times (http://bit.ly/1F6n9IX ) the family was using a generator to provide power to the house. It wasn’t clear why.
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Crews administered oxygen at the scene, and the children and their mother showed signs of improvement. Lawrence says the father was going in and out of consciousness.
A fire rescue news release identified the man as Ernest Dickson. Dickson, his fiancée and children — ranging in age from 5 months to 12 — were checked at hospitals and were not experiencing any ill effects by late morning.
Information from: Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.), http://www.tampabay.com.