Published: Thu, September 14, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Carbon monoxide poisoning blamed for deaths of Irma victims in Florida

Carbon monoxide poisoning blamed for deaths of Irma victims in Florida

Another person, who was able to get out of the house, collapsed outside and died, deputies said. The friend was treated for moderate exposure while the officer was checked for mild exposure of carbon monoxide. If you are experience carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms, seek immediate medical attention and call the authorities.

Orange County Fire Rescue was called to the scene and they discovered two people deceased inside the home.

CPR was performed on the victims, who were taken to a hospital, where one of them was pronounced dead, according to officials. When people use generators improperly - too close to homes, in garages, or outside bedroom windows - carbon monoxide can seep in and sicken or kill.

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Four other people at the home were taken to Florida Hospital South in serious condition.

The storm's fierce winds brought down powerlines and left 4.5 million people in Florida without power, and some residents have turned to generators for power. "I was absolutely heartbroken to learn of the three deaths in Orange County resulting from carbon monoxide poisoning related to the use of an emergency generator", Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs said in a statement.

The first deputy on scene reported a strong smell of gas and later investigators found a portable generator inside.

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"Generators need to be kept outside homes and garages and away from open doors and windows, vents and air intakes", fire officials said in a news release. "They're from your neighborhood, you know how bad it is", said Maria Tuzzeo.

Carbon monoxide is often referred to as the silent killer. News 13's Ybeth Bruzual sat down with an Orlando firefighter to discuss what needs to be done to prevent more deaths as the area recovers from Hurricane Irma.

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