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9:06am 24th February 2013
(Updated 9:06am 24th February 2013)

Three people and a dog have died - in a suspected carbon monoxide leak in Camborne.

Emergency crews were called to the park home on Saturday afternoon

Teams were scrambled when a member of the public could not raise the elderly couple and their daughter at the caravan at Tremarle Home Park in North Roskear.

Tragically they found the three dead.

An investigation's underway. But it is being blamed on the odourless, colourless lethal gas that just over a week ago also claimed the life of a B&B owner in St Ives.

A spokesperson for Cornwall Fire and Rescue said: "Tragically, three occupants and one dog have died in what is suspected to be an incident of carbon monoxide poisoning. A crew from Camborne Community Fire Station attended the address with a Hazmat Advisor after a call was received at 1256 hours. The Police and the Health and Safety Executive are now undertaking an investigation to establish the cause at the premise."

Inspector David Eldridge of Devon and Cornwall Police said: "Shortly before 1pm this afternoon, we were called to a caravan park near Camborne in Cornwall, where a helper had been unable to get a reply from an elderly couple who lived in the caravan.

"We were able to see that there was a figure sat in a chair but they were unresponsive to knocks at the door.

"Cornwall Fire and Rescue were called. They forced entry into the property and found that the three occupants were all dead."

An investigation into what caused the deaths is under way, but the incident is not being treated as suspicious.

Camborne Town Council member David Biggs described the deaths as an "appalling tragedy".

"Tremarle Park is a residential caravan site and has provided homes for people for many years. It's a well established facility and is very well run. It was a shock to learn that three people have died there."

Stephanie Trotter, president and director of the independent charity CO-Gas Safety, said carbon monoxide was an incredibly lethal gas.

"Less than 2% of CO (carbon monoxide) can kill in between one and three minutes. It cannot be sensed using human senses of smell, touch, sight or hearing," she said.

"The Department of Health estimates that about 40-50 people die of CO and about 4,000 attend Accident and Emergency every year in England and Wales alone."

Mrs Trotter added: "We are very sorry to read of these tragic deaths. We send sympathy to family and friends and offer free, confidential help and advice."

The Health and Safety Executive said it would not be investigating as the incident took place at a domestic address.

9:06am 24th February 2013

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