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A carbon monoxide incident in a northwest Minot home on Sunday resulted in two people being transported to the hospital.
After arriving on the scene, Minot Fire Department personnel found two adult occupants of the home unconscious and breathing. The occupants were rushed to Trinity Hospital, and then flown to a Minneapolis facility for treatment.
The source of the carbon monoxide buildup is believed to be a faulty heating appliance in the home’s basement.
“The Minot Fire Department recommends all residents have carbon monoxide detectors on every level of their home,” said Assistant Fire Chief Lonnie Sather. “Carbon monoxide is odorless and colorless, so installing these detectors is the only way to monitor it. If you do have a detector and it sounds an alarm, evacuate the building immediately and call the fire department.”
Carbon monoxide is formed by the incomplete combustion of fuel. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that 430 people die from carbon monoxide poisoning each year in the United States.