3 released from hospital after apartments fill with lethal CO levels

3 released from hospital after apartments fill with lethal CO levels
Two victims released from hospital. (Source: WOIO)
Crews on scene said levels were so high they could have been fatal. (Source: WOIO)
Crews on scene said levels were so high they could have been fatal. (Source: WOIO)

A 25-year-old mom and her two young children, ages 5 and 6, have been released from the hospital after suffering carbon monoxide poisoning in their apartment Wednesday evening.

The Red Cross is currently helping them.

A 35-year-old mom and her 9-year-old daughter remain at MetroHealth.

A man in a third apartment was advised by Cleveland firefighters to get checked out, but he refused to go.

Firefighters checked neighboring residents to make sure no one else was affected. Many left windows open to air out their apartments.

"We were very fortunate. Obviously, they had some exposure for some period of time and thankfully, they didn't go to sleep and the mother reacted appropriately," said assistant fire chief Tim O'Toole.

Dominion Gas crews say they traced the source of the carbon monoxide to a boiler in an apartment at Neal Terrace on West 88th Street and Detroit Avenue.

The gas has been shut off while repairs are made. Crews on the scene said the carbon monoxide detectors were malfunctioning and levels were so high that the victims could have died.

Fire officials say it's imperative to check heating equipment in your home annually.

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