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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.
NEWS
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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March 29, 2016 | STAFF WRITER
A carbon monoxide leak forced the evacuation early Sunday morning of a hookah lounge in Old City, along with a restaurant and some apartment units above. The Philadelphia Fire Department was called out to the 200 block of Chestnut Street at 12:46 a.m. after a resident of an upstairs apartment smelled gas, the fire department said. Police and PGW also responded to the scene. B Side Hookah Lounge and the nearby Barra's Italian Restaurant & Lounge were evacuated, as were the apartments.
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March 28, 2016
Carbon monoxide kills 4 at apartments New Castle County police were investigating Saturday four deaths at a Wilmington apartment complex a day earlier from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. Found Friday evening in two units of Building G of the Evergreen Apartments at Riverfront Heights on Homestead Road, police said, were Carl Dunfee, 60; Veronica Mousely, 58; Andrew Spanakos, 72; and Nancy Uniacke, 56. A dog also was found dead, police said. In addition, five adults and three children were stricken and treated at Wilmington hospitals.
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February 21, 2016
Q: How can I protect myself from carbon monoxide poisoning? A: As the weather gets colder, cases of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning increase because people tend to use fireplaces, portable heaters, and generators during power outages or attempt to warm up their cars without adequate ventilation. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 400 Americans die from unintentional CO poisoning not linked to fires, more than 20,000 visit the emergency room, and more than 4,000 are hospitalized.
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February 1, 2016 | By Alan J. Heavens, Inquirer Real Estate Writer
Carbon monoxide poisoning is more of a danger in winter months than it is in summer because cold weather tends to make us stay in a very tight indoor environment. The odorless, colorless - yet potentially deadly - gas results from the burning of wood, natural gas, oil, and kerosene. To keep carbon monoxide from building up in your home, don't use generators, charcoal grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning devices inside the house, the basement or the garage, or near windows.
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November 18, 2015 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
WITH CARBON monoxide incidents up in the city 41 percent over last year and with heating season underway, the Philadelphia Fire Department is reminding property owners and residents that state and local laws now mandate carbon monoxide alarms in all city dwellings. Although there hasn't been a carbon monoxide fatality in the city in two years, so far in 2015 the department has responded to 340 carbon monoxide incidents, up from 241 during all of 2014, said Executive Fire Chief Clifford Gilliam.
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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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