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February 13, 2010
Authorities say six people have been sickened by carbon monoxide aboard a cruise ship docked in Baltimore. Baltimore fire department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright says crews are on the scene to treat the victims. A hazmat team is trying to determine where the leak is coming from. Cartwright didn't know how ill the victims are or whether they were crew members or passengers. It's also unclear how many people were on the ship. The incident occurred aboard the Celebrity Mercury cruise ship.
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HEALTH
By Laura Barnhardt Cech, For The Baltimore Sun | June 11, 2014
Although hookah lounges are becoming more popular, smoking flavored tobacco through water pipes creates hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution, according to a new study from the Institute for Global Tobacco Control at the Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. In fact, airborne particulate matter and carbon monoxide levels exceeded those found in restaurants and bars that allowed cigarette smoking, the study found. "There is a mistaken notion that because the tobacco smoke is drawn through the water, it's somehow cleaner or not as bad," Patrick Breysse, a professor in the department of environmental health sciences and the study's senior author, said in an interview.
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NEWS
By Liz Bowie, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2011
A 29-year-old woman and a 40-year-old man, suffering life threatening injuries from the effects of carbon monoxide poisoning, were found in a car Saturday at 11:45 p.m. in Severna Park, according to Anne Arundel County fire department officials. The man and woman, whose names were not released, were taken to the hyperbaric unit at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore, according to Lt. Cliff Kooser, a spokesman for the department. The car was found with its engine runnung in a garage next to a house in the 700 block of Monmouth Avenue.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | February 17, 2014
Nine people required medical treatment following a carbon monoxide leak at The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport hotel in Linthicum Sunday afternoon. At around 1:30 p.m., fire officials detected high levels of carbon monoxide after a paramedic was initially called to the hotel, at 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Road, to treat an employee who reported feeling faint, said Lt. Russ Davis, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Fire crews then evacuated the hotel, which had 64 occupied rooms.
BUSINESS
By Karol V. Menzie and Ron Nodine | September 27, 1998
IT'S A GRIM but regular event of the winter heating season: families endangered, people made ill and even, sometimes, lives lost. It's the result of excess carbon monoxide, which can build up in closed-up houses where the heat comes from a furnace or stove that burns fossil fuel.Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, tasteless byproduct of burning wood, gas, oil or coal. Normally, it is dispersed by vents through chimneys. However, when the vents get blocked, the gas can back up. It's heavier than air, so it will pool in low places first.
NEWS
By Richard Irwin | April 16, 2007
Four members of a Northwest Baltimore family, including two children, were hospitalized yesterday after becoming ill from carbon monoxide fumes emanating from their home's basement furnace, said a spokesman for the city Fire Department. Chief Kevin Cartwright said firefighters received a 911 call about 4:20 p.m. from a sickened family member at a home in the 3800 block of Boarman Ave. A woman, her 16-year-old daughter, a toddler and the children's grandmother were removed from the house and given oxygen at the scene by medics, Cartwright said.
NEWS
By Peter Hermann, The Baltimore Sun | December 29, 2010
Occupants of a Baltimore rowhouse where carbon monoxide gas is believed to have killed two people Tuesday had turned on a gas oven and left the door open, spreading lethal fumes through their second-floor apartment, according to the city's chief code inspector. The position of the oven has led officials to speculate that the occupants might have been using it as a heat source. City officials said someone covered the bottom of the oven with aluminum foil, blocking air vents and causing the gas to build up and then seep out. It was then swept up through a heating duct in a hallway ceiling and delivered by the ventilation system to virtually every room.
NEWS
December 1, 2003
Seventeen churchgoers were taken to a hospital yesterday for suspected carbon-monoxide poisoning, according to Calvert County firefighters. A child suffered a seizure at Waters Memorial United Methodist Church in the 5400 block of Mackall Road in Mutual about 9:40 a.m., according to firefighters. Shortly afterward, others began complaining of nausea and headaches. Twelve adults and five children were taken to Calvert Memorial Hospital for testing. All are expected to recover, according to a hospital spokeswoman.
NEWS
By Lynn Anderson and Lynn Anderson,Sun reporter | February 4, 2008
Six people, including a toddler, were taken to area hospitals yesterday morning after firefighters removed them from a house in North Baltimore that was filled with carbon monoxide gas leaking from a malfunctioning water heater and furnace. Firefighters were called to the house in the 2000 block of Ramblewood Road in the city's Ramblewood neighborhood about 9:30 a.m., said department spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright. Someone inside the house used a cell phone to call 911, he said. The victims, who ranged in age from 33 years to 17 months, were expected to survive, even though they had high levels of carbon monoxide in their blood systems at the time of their rescue, Cartwright said.
NEWS
By Nick Madigan and Nick Madigan,nick.madigan@baltsun.com | July 21, 2009
In what they called "an abundance of caution," the owners of a Northeast Baltimore apartment building in which nine people were sickened by a carbon monoxide leak said Monday that they would replace water heaters in four of the complex's 803 units. Sawyer Realty Holdings LLC issued a statement saying the Sunday leak at the Dutch Village Townhomes appeared to have come from a faulty water heater in a vacant unit. The carbon-monoxide detector in that unit went off and alerted tenants in a neighboring apartment.
NEWS
January 5, 2014
Your recent on the need for carbon monoxide detectors addressed an important issue ( "A life-saving gift for 2014," Dec. 29). However, it would have been of even greater value to those who live in Baltimore had it made readers aware of the city's very broad law which I wrote and the City Council passed in 2008. Every dwelling in the city, whether newly constructed or already existing, as well as hotel, motel, boarding and rooming house, or other part of a building that provides living or sleeping facilities for one or more individuals, must install a carbon monoxide alarm in a central location outside of each sleeping area if it uses gas or fossil fuel for heating, cooking, hot water or clothes-drying; is attached to a garage; or has a gas- or wood-burning fireplace.
NEWS
December 29, 2013
For those looking for a fairly simple and pain-free resolution for the new year, here's one: Get a carbon monoxide detector for your home or business or both. If you already have one, perhaps it's time to change the batteries or at least test them. On one single day this month - Thursday, Dec. 19 to be exact - a total of 10 people were taken to local hospitals after carbon monoxide leaks in their Baltimore County homes. The two incidents, both in Dundalk but otherwise unrelated, involved faulty furnaces.
NEWS
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | December 19, 2013
Ten people were taken to hospitals after carbon monoxide leaks in two Dundalk homes Thursday morning, Baltimore County fire officials said. Both carbon monoxide incidents are believed to be caused by malfunctioning furnaces, and neither home had carbon monoxide detectors, said Lt. Paul Massarelli, a county fire spokesman. Fire department officials were first called to the 1600 block of Manor Road for a report of an unconscious seizure patient, but found others complaining of carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms, Massarelli said.
NEWS
By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | November 25, 2013
Turkey, duck, chicken or turducken — whatever you're cooking on Thanksgiving, make sure you're not whipping up a dangerous side of carbon monoxide. With a busy holiday and a house full of guests, it can be easy to leave the oven on and forget to ventilate properly, officials warn. The Baltimore Fire Department saw an "alarming strike," with 45 calls last Thanksgiving for carbon monoxide alarms, nearly five times as many as the average day, spokesman Ian Brennan said. "It's a completely preventable situation on Thanksgiving Day," he said.
NEWS
By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2013
An explosion in a Nottingham apartment building Thursday afternoon forced the evacuation of all residents after the building was flooded with lethal carbon monoxide gas. The two-alarm blast caused no damage to the building and there were no injuries, according to Baltimore County Fire Lt. Paul Massarelli. He said rescuers were dispatched to 3907 Hannon Court at 2:30 p.m. to investigate a complaint of an electrical odor emanating from the complex's mechanical room. After firefighters arrived, the electrical transformer on the exterior of the complex exploded, engulfing the premises in the deadly gas and engulfing two vehicles in flames.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | June 17, 2013
Eight residents and staff members of a group home in Parkville were taken to area hospitals — six of them to Maryland Shock Trauma Center — for possible chemical exposure in the home early Monday morning, according to Baltimore County fire officials. County fire officials said late Monday that they had detected carbon monoxide in the home, in the 2800 block of Hillcrest Avenue, and that it was the apparent cause of the illness. However, the fire department was unable to find the source of the carbon monoxide and said the Maryland Department of the Environment will have to investigate further.
NEWS
By Laura Barnhardt and Laura Barnhardt,Sun reporter | August 16, 2007
Robin Lambo was asleep when the firefighters pounded on her door about 7:30 a.m. yesterday. Still in her nightclothes, she managed to ask whether she could pull on a pair of shorts before being led from her apartment on the 11th floor of the Virginia Towers in Towson. But the 39-year-old disabled woman didn't have time in those frantic moments to grab her purse and medicine - a common problem during yesterday's evacuation of about 150 disabled and senior residents from the 15-story high-rise at 500 Virginia Ave. after carbon monoxide was detected.
NEWS
By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,andrea.siegel@baltsun.com | August 21, 2009
The Annapolis Police Department headquarters was evacuated Wednesday and two of its employees remained sick Thursday after a potentially deadly gas was drawn into the building, which is under renovation. Carbon monoxide sickened many people in the building, including the receptionist, who appeared to have been rendered unconscious by the gas, said Maj. Scott Baker of the Annapolis police. Two people, both of whom work near air vents, were treated at Anne Arundel Medical Center and released, but had not returned to work Thursday, Baker said.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | February 8, 2013
Students and staff were evacuated from Westside Elementary School in Baltimore's Penn North neighborhood early Friday morning after carbon monoxide levels rose to a level higher than is considered safe in the school's boiler room, a Baltimore City Public Schools spokeswoman said. Everyone exited the building in the 2200 block of N. Fulton Ave., south of Druid Hill Park in West Baltimore, sometime after the morning bell rang so work crews could assess where the gas was coming from, said Edie House Foster, the spokeswoman.
EXPLORE
December 3, 2012
Among the 54 calls for medical and fire-rescue service received by the Arbutus Volunteer Fire Department during the period Nov. 25 to Dec. 2 were the following: Vero Road, 3900 block, 9:43 a.m. Nov. 30. Crews from the Violetville, Arbutus, English Consul, Lansdowne and Owings Mills volunteer stations and Catonsville, Halethorpe, Randallstown, and Westview career stations responded to the report of a United Parcel Service building fire in...
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