Whitesboro family suffers carbon monoxide poisoning

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

WHITESBORO, Tex. -- A Whitesboro family is in the hospital Friday afternoon due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Now authorities want to make sure everyone knows the warning signs. Daniel Gotera has more from Wilson N. Jones Hospital where the family is recovering.

Family members are resting comfortably at this hour, but it was a different story Friday morning as the symptoms they were showing were due to what emergency crews are calling a ‘good-sized’ carbon monoxide leak.

Emergency crews were called to Building 7 at 500 College Street in Whitesboro. Upon arrival, they found a man complaining of shortness of breath. He was treated at the scene but was later taken to the Wilson N. Jones by his family two hours later.

After several tests were run, authorities say it was determined the man had suffered carbon monoxide poisoning and that other family members were feeling the effects of the gas as well.

Fire crews went back to the scene and discovered a leak from a water heater and were able to seal it.

Authorities say if you ever feel faint or smell a suspicious odor, call the police.

"Get out of the house, call 911, and start breathing some clean air. We can go in there with masks and not breathe it, and we'll get in there and we'll deem it," Whitesboro firefighter Kevin Hartless said.

Officials say several family members remain at the hospital Friday evening.

No other homes were affected by the leak.

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