Nine family members have been hospitalized and two are in serious condition after being sickened today by carbon monoxide fumes from a water heater that malfunctioned at a Far South Side home.
At 10:42 a.m., five ambulances were sent to a building in the 10100 block of South Hoxie Avenue in the
The readings were measured at a dangerous level -- 500 parts per million -- and 10 patients in fair-to-serious condition were treated, the fire department said.
The ten complained of headaches and are members of the same family,
Rafferty said the incident took place at a single-family home where a hot water heater had apparently malfunctioned.
Of the ten, 9 were taken to hospitals, including 2 who were in serious condition, according to fire department spokesman Sean Flynn.
Four others were in fair-to-serious condition while 3 were in good condition, said Flynn. One person declined to go to a hospital.
Three were taken to Advocate Trinity Hospital, three to
A Level I Hazardous Materials incident was also called because of the high readings, said Flynn.
The building is being ventilated and the ambulance plan has been secured.