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Carbon Monoxide poisons supported living home in Manchester

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The fire department and medical personnel were called to 11 Charis Road in Manchester after a staff member arrived to find a coworker behaving strangely and vomiting. Believing that it was an illness specific to the individual, the EMS was called.

When other staff and residents of the home began to show symptoms firefighters began to search the home. Everyone involved was taken to Hartford Hospital for treatment where it was determined that the victims had suffered CO poisoning. The home at 11 Charis Road is a supported living residence for four adults with developmental disabilities. It is staffed by workers who are responsible for assisting the residents with activities of daily living.

The cause of the CO leak was found to be a hole in the heat exchanger in the furnace. Connecticut Natural Gas Company said the natural gas furnace needed to be replaced. The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) who supports the residents of the home issued a safety alert regarding the situation. Carbon Monoxide is an odorless and tasteless gas which is toxic to humans and animals in large amounts. It is required by DDS and recommended for all residents of Connecticut that every home should have a Carbon Monoxide detector, and that all detectors be checked on an annual basis.

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