Two children died and six people were seriously injured Saturday when two families were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes in a home they shared in Palmdale, authorities said.
The children, 6 months and 3 years old, were pronounced dead at the scene, said Charlotte Kramer, a dispatcher with the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Their parents, both 24, are in critical condition at Palmdale Hospital Medical Center, Kramer said.
In the second family, a 36-year-old man, his 42-year-old wife and their two children--a 6-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl--were hospitalized at Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center in Lancaster. They were in stable condition, Kramer said.
Firefighters received a 911 call shortly before 7 p.m. from the second family, who complained of nausea and respiratory difficulties, Kramer said.
Southern California Gas Co. officials have determined that the fumes came from either a wall heater or the kitchen stove, said Kendall Morphis, a dispatcher in the utility company's Monterey Park offices.
Names of the victims were not released.