A HORRIFIC mass poisoning at a resort has sickened at least 24 people, with 10 hospitalized and four in critical condition, police say.
Carbon monoxide seeped into a hotel in Eureka Springs, Arkansas on Saturday, injuring more than two dozen people, cops said.
Ten people were hospitalized and four had to be airlifted out of Stonegate Lodge, officials said.
The Eureka Springs Fire Department responded to a call from the hotel just before 7 a.m. Saturday, according to KY3.
The cause of the leak at Stonegate Lodge is still being determined, but the fire marshal is working with Black Hills Energy to investigate.
Gary Inman, assistant chief of the Eureka Springs Fire Department, told KY3 “we transported some of the patients [out].”
“Some facilities have hyperbolic chambers that can purge the body of carbon monoxide faster than would occur naturally,” he added.
Inman was shocked by this accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
“This is very unusual because most gas-related systems are very safe and reliable.
“It’s no fun and it can be very dangerous,” he said.
The lodge owner refused to speak to reporters on camera until the end of the investigation.
According to Centers for Disease Controlat least 430 people die each year in the United States from accidental carbon monoxide poisoning.
Fifty thousand people in the United States go to the emergency room each year for treatment after being accidentally poisoned.
Symptoms of poisoning include headaches, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain and confusion, according to the CDC.
The agency recommends people take the following steps to avoid exposure to carbon monoxide in their homes:
Make sure you have a carbon monoxide detector and change its batteries every six months.
Don’t forget to have your heating system, water heater and other diesel or coal-fired appliances serviced every year.
It is essential to ensure that your vents and flues are free of debris.
Remember never to operate a generator, pressure washer or any other gasoline engine within 20 feet of an open window or door, and never in a basement, garage or any other closed structure, even if the doors or windows are open.
Finally, do not operate a charcoal grill, hibachi, lantern, or portable camp stove indoors.