Barriere family airlifted to Vancouver hospital following carbon monoxide poisoning
A family of five has been airlifted from Barriere, B.C., to a hospital in Vancouver on Thursday morning after a carbon monoxide leak in their home.
B.C. Emergency Health Services said two ground ambulances and two air ambulances responded to a case of carbon monoxide poisoning at a Barriere home at 7:20 a.m.
Barriere Fire Chief Ashley Wohlgemuth said the leak didn’t impact neighbours and there is likely no risk to the public.
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First responders say five people are in stable condition.
The incident comes a day after a case of carbon monoxide (CO) exposure in Vancouver sent 13 people to hospital, leaving two of them in critical condition.
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According to BC Emergency Health Services (BCEHS), paramedics were called to the 1600-block of West 5th Avenue just before 10 a.m. with reports of a collapsed patient.
Dr. Bruce Campana with Vancouver General Hospital said the facility had seen a recent surge of CO poisonings with temperatures plunging.
“When the weather gets cold, we see a lot more carbon monoxide, but this week has been insane — 17 cases this week that I’m aware of. There are many more that I’m not aware of,” he said.
— With files from Simon Little
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