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Six People Taken To Hospital in Carbon Monoxide Leak

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4:26pm 3rd October 2013
(Updated 4:26pm 3rd October 2013)

Six people have been taken to hospital in Liskeard, after a potentially deadly gas flooded their home.

It is after fire crews were called to Park Road on Wednesday evening.

All six people are OK after being checked over at Derriford hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service is urging people to get carbon monoxide alarms put in.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Council said: "A call was received by Cornwall Fire and Rescue Service at 1807 last evening (02 Oct) from the Out of Hours Service after a carbon monoxide alarm was activated at a Cornwall Housing property at Park Rd Liskeard.

"As part of the call out arrangements, the out of hour's service was notified and the Cornwall Housing Gas Safe qualified duty engineer attended. The feedback this morning from the fire and rescue service appears to indicate that the alarm was activated by an appliance in the property. Investigations by Cornwall Housing duty engineers as part of this call out, and following subsequent investigations this morning, have confirmed that the gas boiler is operating safely and normally and was not the cause of any CO emission.  

"The tenant's boiler underwent its annual service check on Monday this week (30th September). The property had recently been fitted with two CO detectors as part of Cornwall Housing's wider programme to install detectors in all its properties. Whilst this is an upsetting incident for the tenants to have experienced it is important to note that the CO detectors installed by Cornwall Housing Engineers alerted the family to a problem with one of their own appliances and potentially prevented further far more serious consequences.  

"The Cornwall Housing Mechanical and Electrical team are currently undertaking a programme of CO detector installation to all applicable properties. Whilst this is not a legal obligation for social landlords, Cornwall Housing has made the decision to fund a programme of installation of detectors, recognising the significant danger posed by carbon monoxide, as the safety of our tenants is of paramount importance. This programme of CO detector installations will be completed by March 2014."

4:26pm 3rd October 2013

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