Malfunctioning pool heater leaves teenager dead from carbon monoxide exposure

By Alice Richard
Wednesday, 05 April, 2017

A teenager in the US has died and 14 others sickened after a pool heater leaked poisonous carbon monoxide gas into a hotel pool area.

Police and ambulance were called to Quality Inn & Suites in Niles, Michigan, after six children were found unresponsive on the pool deck. A seventh was found unresponsive in a room on the first floor.

The gas leak was reportedly caused by a malfunctioning vent pipe from the heater, Niles Fire Captain Don Wise said.

Thirteen-year-old Bryan Douglas Watts was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital, according to Niles Police Chief Jim Millin. Two officers who responded to the 911 call were treated for carbon monoxide exposure.

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