Two people are dead and two more are in hospital, possibly as a result of carbon monoxide poisoning as thousands of New Brunswickers are nearing the end of their third day living without power, according to Premier Brian Gallant.
Gallant reminded the public about the dangers of using generators, barbecues and open flames indoors as a way of heating their homes during an update Friday afternoon on restoration efforts after this week’s ice storm.
RCMP spokesman Paul Greene told The Canadian Press the Mounties responded to the deaths of a 62-year-old man at his home in Petite Riviere de l’ile on Lameque Island in the Acadian Peninsula on Thursday night and the death of a 74-year-old woman in her garage in Saint-Leolin, also a small community on the Acadian Peninsula, on Thursday afternoon.
Greene said the man’s death was believed to be caused by carbon monoxide from a generator running in the home, while the death of the woman also appeared to be caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, though few details were available on Friday night.
Autopsies were to be carried out in both cases.
Gallant said NB Power has 300 crews on the ground across the province trying to return power to customers.
By 4:30 p.m. Friday, more than 56,000 customers were still without power. At the height of the storm, more than 130,000 people were in the dark.
It is expected, he said, that 99 per cent of Sussex and Moncton, and 85 per cent of Miramichi would be have power back by Friday night.
Other communities were told it could possibly be days before their power is restored.
Fire officials in Sussex urged residents to be safe Thursday, as they deal with the prolonged power outages, saying that often times people don’t know what products are safe to use to heat a home.
Here’s a list of the more than two dozen warming centres have been opened across New Brunswick:
– With files from Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press
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