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November 3, 2012 | By Don Sapatkin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Two sisters are dead in Trenton. So are an elderly woman in Upper Merion and a grandfather in the Lehigh Valley. The rest of his family was taken for emergency treatment to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the children's hospital next door. The culprit in these deaths - and hospitalizations too numerous to count - is carbon-monoxide poisoning from home generators whose use mushrooms during power outages. "There is a real public-health emergency going on," said Fred Henretig, senior toxicologist at the regional Poison Control Center at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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February 7, 1996 | By John Way Jennings and Lillian Micko, FOR THE INQUIRER Correspondent Analisa Nazareno contributed to this story
One man is dead and another was in critical condition yesterday after their East Camden home became filled with carbon monoxide, authorities said. When police arrived at the house shortly before 1 p.m. Monday, they found the body of Jose Beltran, 58, the apparent owner of the home, in the 1000 block of North 35th Street. Police said Beltran had been dead for a day or two. Lying near Beltran on a bedroom floor, police said, was Rafael Santiago, 23, of Puerto Rico, who apparently was staying with the older man. Santiago was in a coma and has remained so while listed in stable but critical condition at Cooper Hospital-University Medical Center in Camden, according to a hospital spokesperson.
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November 20, 2003
TO the Philadelphia Fire Department, Gas Works and Housing Authority: Fire Department: When you're called for suspected carbon monoxide poisoning, don't just check the furnace and shut the gas off, leave and then send the gas company. PGW: You only come and check the furnace and turn the gas back on, stating that everything is all right. PHA: Please don't always assume that it is the furnace. Make sure all gas appliances are checked. I suggest all this because I was hospitalized for carbon monoxide poisoning, and the cause was the hot water heater.
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December 27, 2012 | By Amanda Oglesby, ASBURY PARK PRESS
NEPTUNE, N.J. - In the wake of recent evacuations of thousands of students nationwide, a New Jersey schools group wants to mandate carbon monoxide detectors in schools. New Jersey School Buildings and Grounds Association officials, as well as some local fire officials, say schools would be safer if required to have the alarms. There have been nearly 20 evacuation incidents involving high levels of carbon monoxide in U.S. schools in recent years, but the devices are not required in New Jersey school buildings.
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May 1, 2011 | By Dan Hardy, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Although the Delaware County Medical Examiner's Office has ruled "accidental" the Friday deaths of two Upper Darby men who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in their second-floor apartments, criminal charges are in order, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood contended Sunday. He acknowledged that those responsible for using a generator to power freezers at the Smart International Grocery Store, located at 7301 West Chester Pike and just below the apartments where the men died, had not intended to kill anyone.
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June 13, 1996 | By Douglas Herbert, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Four members of a township family suffered severe carbon monoxide poisoning yesterday after a car motor was left running in their garage overnight, according to police. Kenny Crothers, 47; his wife, Karyn, 45; and their son, Kenny Jr., 25, all of the 400 block of Keanon Drive, were discovered by a relative at 8:20 a.m. unconscious inside the house, according to Police Chief William Robinson. The couple's daughter, Casey, 13, was found on the front lawn. All four were listed in satisfactory condition last night at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center.
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February 23, 1993 | By Kathi Kauffman, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
A 14-year-old Philadelphia girl whose body was found by the side of a road in Gladwyne died of carbon monoxide poisoning, according to an autopsy performed Sunday. The body of Van T. Lam was discovered in the 1500 block of Youngsford Road, Gladwyne, by two Havertown teenagers riding their bicycles at about 9 p.m. Friday, said Lower Merion police. An investigation determined that the girl died accidentally in a van in Philadelphia and that someone drove the body out to Gladwyne and left it, said Lt. John Maloney.
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April 29, 2002 | By Nora Koch INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
When an alarm sounded in Beverly Duchon's condominium late one night in December 1998, she thought it was her fire alarm. But the high-pitched warning came from a carbon-monoxide detector installed just two weeks earlier by the condo association in Laurel Place, where Duchon and her husband have lived for nine years. While firefighters used oversize fans to air out her home, Duchon spent five hours in the hospital being treated for carbon-monoxide exposure. She was lucky.
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January 29, 2015 | By Barbara Boyer, Angelo Fichera, and Melanie Burney, Inquirer Staff Writers
A Deafening Silence From Prosecutors What happened to John and Joyce Sheridan? Editorial, A14. Cooper University Health System CEO John P. Sheridan Jr. and his wife, Joyce, were found unresponsive and stabbed in their bedroom on a warm Sunday morning after a fire that was set swept through the second-floor room. Was it a murder-suicide - or were the prominent Skillman, N.J., couple brutally murdered? That's the question some who knew the couple, as well as outside homicide experts, are unable to answer, as much about the Sept.
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October 8, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County man who helped his mother kill herself in a failed suicide pact was sentenced Monday to time served, about six months in jail, closing a rare case that began with a murder charge. In April, Gus Yiambilis, 30, and his mother Karen Yiambilis, 59, wrote several suicide notes before sealing their Bensalem apartment's vents and turning on a gas-powered electric generator. The fumes killed Karen Yiambilis, but her son survived after neighbors called police about the smell.
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September 26, 2014 | By Tricia L. Nadolny, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County Court judge has thrown out the murder charge against a Bensalem man accused of killing his mother in a failed suicide pact. Ruling Tuesday on a defense motion, Judge Albert Cepparulo dropped charges of criminal homicide and causing a catastrophe against Gus Yiambilis, but left intact charges of aiding in a suicide, risking a catastrophe, and recklessly endangering another person. Attorney William Goldman, who represents Yiambilis and argued that the son showed no malice, said the parties were working on a plea deal.
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August 9, 2014 | By Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Their intentions evidently were clear: A mother and her adult son penned several suicide notes on lined paper in their Bensalem apartment. "The negativity in this world is too much for us to deal with," Karen Yiambilis, 59, wrote that Monday night in April. "We are sorry but we wish to not deal with it anymore. We are going home to God. " Around 8 p.m., Gus Yiambilis, 30, started up a gasoline-powered electric generator that filled the apartment with carbon monoxide. Packing tape sealed the vents, windows, and doors.
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July 18, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO & DAVID GAMBACORTA, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
AFTER MOVING out about a year ago, Keya Perry never let a day pass without checking on her parents. When no one answered her repeated phone calls Wednesday night, the Mount Airy woman hopped in a cab and hurried to her childhood home on Spangler Street near Sergeant in Strawberry Mansion. What she found sent her screaming into the night: the bodies of her parents, Algladis and Rufus Perry, sprawled on the stairs inside their cluttered home. Authorities initially suspected carbon monoxide poisoning and hustled firefighters to the scene.
REAL_ESTATE
February 23, 2014 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Cabin fever is taking hold across a huge chunk of the country these days. In communities such as mine, where plowing is what you do to the north 40 in early spring and salt is shaken only on food, confinement because of icy streets and sidewalks can be prolonged. And long-term confinement increases exposure to many household dangers, especially carbon monoxide poisoning. Carbon monoxide is a toxic gas produced when any carbon-based fuel is burned. Quoting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Deborah Hanson of alarm maker First Alert says carbon monoxide poisoning "puts more than 20,000 people in the hospital and is responsible for nearly 450 deaths every year.
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November 17, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Q uestion: Our house was built in 1898. I am told we cannot use our fireplace unless we install a sleeve that would cost $3,000 to $6,000. As an alternative, is there such a thing as a gas-fired Franklin stove-type insert that could be put in without venting or, perhaps, with an exhaust pipe up the chimney? Since the fireplace is smack in the middle of the house, an insert could provide a true heat benefit. But I would prefer not to risk asphyxiation. Your guidance will be greatly appreciated.
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November 11, 2013 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
This problem requires the assistance of the "Your Place" community. Please send in your ideas. Question: For at least eight months, there has been a subtle, rhythmic hum that is constantly audible throughout my house that everyone hears. The noise is always the same, with no change in the pitch or pattern. We turned off the main breaker to the house to determine if it might be coming from one of our home systems, and it was still audible. We can also hear it when standing outside of my house.
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July 21, 2013
Ride accident injures seven SANDUSKY, Ohio - A boat on a thrill ride at an amusement park accidentally rolled backward down a hill and flipped over in water when the ride malfunctioned Friday, injuring all seven people on it. Operators stopped the Shoot the Rapids ride after the accident, which occurred on the ride's first hill, the Cedar Point amusement park said. Park police officers, medical technicians, ride operators, and park visitors helped the passengers off the boat. Cedar Point officials wouldn't say how the boat landed after rolling downhill.
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April 18, 2013 | By Chris Palmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Bucks County couple and their two children died of apparent carbon monoxide poisoning Monday when the husband committed suicide by leaving his car running in the garage and the others were overcome by the fumes. According to Pennsylvania state police, troopers responded around 11:20 p.m. to find the four family members - identified as Gary Reitnauer, 59; his wife, Michele, 58; and daughters Kimberly, 16, and Jamie, 10 - inside a residence on Kumry Road in Milford Township. None could be revived, police said.
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