Emergency officials in Michigan responded to the Quality Inn in Niles after a group of youths were discovered around the indoor swimming pool, unconscious, by a hotel staff member. Among the victims, a 13-year-old boy was found dead, while 12 others were hospitalized.
According to officials, the carbon monoxide levels at the hotel were 800 parts per million. To put that in perspective, U.S. standards for carbon monoxide are 35 parts per million for 1 hour of exposure. Niles Fire Department Capt. Don Wise believes that the pool’s heater might be to blame for this tragic incident.
Had the hotel staff member not walked past the window of the pool and noticed the unconscious children, they would have all died. However, Wise noted no one could remember when anyone last saw the children moving, though one hotel guest remembers hearing the sound of laughter, which later turned to screams.
The authorities removed and worked to resuscitate the children, and the hotel was evacuated as a measure of precaution. The swimming pool area was not equipped with a carbon monoxide detector.
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