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Dec 18, 2014

04:43:36 GMT--HAZMAT - North-America - USA



EDIS Number: HZ-20141218-46368-USA

Date / time: 18/12/2014 04:41:35 [UTC]

Event: HAZMAT

Area: North-America

Country: USA

State/County: State of North Dakota

Location: Fargo [Red River Commodities Inc]

Number of Deads: N/A

Number of Injured: 19 person(s)

Number of Infected: N/A

Number of Missing: N/A

Number of Affected: N/A

Number of Evacuated: N/A

Damage level: Moderate



Description:



More than a dozen people were taken to the hospital to be treated for carbon monoxide poisoning on Wednesday. The emergency call came in after 2:00 p.m. for a possible leak at Red River Commodities in Fargo. Chad Mickelson with F-M Ambulance tells Valley News Live they transported 16 people in ambulances to both Essentia and Sanford hospitals. Three others drove themselves, for a total of 19 people with varying severity of carbon monoxide poisoning. Fargo Fire Battalion Chief Bruce Anderson said they believe the cause of the leak is two overhead heaters. When fire fighters arrived, levels were over 300 parts per million in some spots. Safe levels for an 8 hour day at an industrial facility are 50 parts per million or less. Employees started exhibiting symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning and began talking with each other. Other people all started reporting similar symptoms and that's when the emergency call was made. Anderson says there were not any carbon monoxide detectors inside and there is no law or regulation that a workplace has to have a detector. Firefighters opened up doors and are airing the facility out now.




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