Hotel carbon monoxide leak kills child, sickens others

The children were discovered passed out in the indoor pool area of Quality Inn & Suite in Niles

The children were discovered passed out in the indoor pool area of Quality Inn & Suite in Niles

- A 13-year-old boy was found dead and about a dozen more were hospitalized in Western Michigan due to carbon monoxide poisoning at a hotel.

One child died on arrival at Lakeland Hospital in Niles, a hospital spokesman said.

One Niles police officer, two Berrien County Sheriff's deputies, as well as two hotel employees were also taken to the hospital.

WNDU-TV and WSBT-TV report officials at Lakeland Hospital in Niles confirmed the child's death Saturday.

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Officials identified the child who died as the result of a carbon monoxide leak at Quality Inn in Niles as 13-year-old Bryan Douglas Watts.

The kids range in age from 10 to 14.

"No one really knows the last time someone actually saw them actively moving around in the pool", Don Wise, of the Niles Fire Department, said.

When crews arrived on the scene to rescue the children, they did not have on breathing equipment, thus exposing them to the carbon monoxide, ABC 57 reports.

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The pool deck of a Quality Inn in Niles, Mich., where a Carbon Monoxide leak has killed at least one person and injured another 12 people.

Levels of 800 parts per million can cause someone to fall unconscious after about an hour, but someone may fall unconscious much quicker at higher levels. No other details about the child were released. The maximum allowable by OSHA standards is 50 parts per million.

Two hotel workers were among those hospitalized, along with several law enforcement officers who responded to the incident.

Carbon monoxide, sometimes referred to as "the silent killer", is an odourless, colourless and tasteless gas produced when a fuel is burned.

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The hotel will remain closed for a few days while crews work to fix the pool heater.

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