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Possible CO Poisoning Leaves 1 Dead, Others Sick In Adams County

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4) – Investigators in Adams County are trying to determine what happened inside a home where one man died and others got sick.

Officers went to the home near East 78th Place and Kenwood Street just after 6 a.m. Tuesday. Seven people ended up in the hospital with what might be carbon monoxide poisoning.

Several neighbors told CBS4 they suspect some kind of a leak happened in the home, possibly carbon monoxide poisoning. That’s where the investigation currently stands.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Police have only told the media that no foul play was suspected.

Neighbors say a large family — parents along with their children ranging in ages from grade school age to teens live in the home.

The sheriff’s department confirms an adult man was found dead in the home and seven more people were transported to the hospital.

Neighbors told CBS4 the family that lives in the home are very hard-working people, very close-knit, and that they had a business where they sold produce at the local farmers market. One neighbor also said it’s a tragedy for a very nice family.

“We got back home about 6:30, 6:45 a.m. and we saw ambulance, fire trucks, cop cars — all of it. And we’re like, ‘What is going on?’ “ neighbor Mona Vigil said. “All I would say is that I’m very sorry, my thoughts are with you, and my prayers.”

Doctors at Saint Luke’s Presbyterian treated the seven family members taken to the hospital inside a hyperbolic chamber for two hours.

Dr. William Clem says their conditions ranged from moderate to serious.

“Some people were in areas that had higher levels and others with lower levels,” said Clem, “anyone would say that they were very lucky they didn’t have more adverse outcome.”

The coroner’s office will do an autopsy on the man who died. As of Tuesday evening only one person remains in the hospital.

Until that’s done the names of the family members and also the cause of death will not be released.

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