Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Crime & Courts

Manager killed, 27 injured after carbon monoxide fills NY mall restaurant

See also

The manager of a Long Island restaurant was killed Saturday night and 27 other people were hospitalized after carbon monoxide filled the eatery at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station, Suffolk County police said Feb. 23.

Emergency rescuers were called to Legal Sea Foods around 6 p.m. Saturday for a report that a woman had fallen and hit her head in the basement. In a news release, officials said arriving police officers began to feel nauseous and dizzy and evacuated the building after recognizing the effects as a carbon monoxide incident. First responders evacuated Legal Sea Food, as well as a Panera Bread and Cheesecake Factory, in the immediate vicinity.

After the evacuation, police found the manager of Legal Sea Foods, Steven Nelson, 55, of Copiague, unconscious in the basement. He was pronounced dead after ambulance crews rushed him to Huntington Hospital.

“We're devastated by the news of the carbon monoxide poisoning at Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington, NY,” Legal Sea Foods said in a statement posted on Twitter. “We are profoundly saddened to learn of the tragic death of our General Manager Steve Nelson. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,”

Police said 27 other victims, including four emergency rescuers and three police officers, were taken to five local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries after reporting feeling symptoms related to carbon monoxide exposure, authorities said. Most of the victims, authorities said, were restaurant employees.

Town of Huntington officials are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the carbon monoxide exposure. The town's chief fire marshal said Sunday that a pipe leading to one of the restaurant's water hearers failed, which caused the noxious fumes to fill the basement.

As of Sunday afternoon, the restaurant was ordered “condemned” by building inspectors and it was unclear when the building would be permitted to reopen.

Police said homicide and arson detectives are also investigating.

Advertisement

News

  • Pro-Russians killed
    Putin issues a warning after 3 armed protestors were shot dead in Ukraine
    Video
    Watch Video
  • Korean ferry capsizes
    Only one of 46 life boats were used in the South Korean ferry sinking
    World News
  • Oscar Pistorius trial
    Oscar Pistorius reads a Valentines Day card from his deceased girlfriend without tears
    Crime News
  • Google patent
    Google applies for patent for what could be the successor to Google Glass
    Tech News
  • 420 in Colorado
    Colorado will celebrate 420 for the first time since marijuana became legal
    Headlines
  • Racist Kansas murderer
    Why isn't the Jewish Community Center shooter being labeled as a terrorist?
    Video
    Watch Video

Related Videos:

  • Iraqi Police Officer Target Shooting
    <div class="video-info" data-id="517259061" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=517259061&autoStart=true"></div>
  • Nigerian Students
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518197775" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518197775&autoStart=true"></div>
  • President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria
    <div class="video-info" data-id="518133456" data-param-name="playList" data-provider="5min" data-url="http://pshared.5min.com/Scripts/PlayerSeed.js?sid=1304&width=480&height=401&playList=518133456&autoStart=true"></div>

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!