ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Eight people in southwest Roanoke were taken to the hospital overnight when they said they were having difficulty breathing.
According to Roanoke Fire-EMS, crews arrived at the 400 block of Thelma Street SW just after 12:15 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 3, to investigate the cause of the breathing problems.
When they arrived on the scene, the department says they found multiple people in the garage of the home with “altered levels of consciousness” that is common with Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning.
Roanoke Fire-EMS crews were able to locate a propane tank with a heating element that was being used without proper ventilation, which caused levels of CO to increase in the area where the patients were found.
Due to the number of people affected, additional crews were called in to assist.
Fire officials say eight people were taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, some of whom had life-threatening CO levels in their bloodstreams.
There is no word on the condition of the eight people.
Editor’s note: Due to incorrect information submitted to WFXR, the article above stated the incident took place on the morning of Jan. 2 when the incident actually took place the morning of Jan. 3. The change has been noted in the article above.
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