Exclusives
FacebookTwitterLinkedInGoogle+RSS Feed
Fire EMSEMS TodayEMS Insider

14 People Become Ill in North Dakota Laundromat

WATFORD CITY - An incident at a laundromat here has sent 14 people to the hospital for treatment.

Shortly before noon Sunday, Watford City police and first responders received a call about an 18-year-old woman who had passed out at Express Laundry Center. The woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment, according to a statement from the North Dakota Department of Health.

Soon after the first call came in, other people using the laundromat either went to the hospital or were taken by first responders. None of the injuries were believed to be life threatening, the statement said.

Initial reports indicate that exhaust from a malfunctioning boiler was venting into the laundromat. The statement also said a graffiti degreaser and bleach mixture used to treat clothes and a high concentration of carbon monoxide in the air may also have caused people to become ill.

"The place is shut down until the building inspectors can come in and take a look at it. It could be a few days, it could be a week," said Jerry Samuelson with McKenzie County Emergency Management.

The facility's gas line has been shut off for safety precautions and the facility will remain closed until a full investigation has taken place. Watford City emergency personnel and officials from North Dakota Department of Health's environmental response team were on the scene Sunday evening to further investigate the incident.



RELATED ARTICLES

Five Dead, Dozens Injured in Philadelphia Amtrak Crash

Over 140 passengers transported to hospitals after Amtrak train derails overnight.

Arkansas Couple Dies Saving Daughter from Tornado

Twister flips trailer over as parents shield 18-month old daughter with their bodies.

Second Major Earthquake Hits Nepal

Rescuers move out to search for victims after a magnitude-7.3 earthquake hits Kathmandu region.

New D.C. Fire Chief Faces New Delayed Ambulance Investigation

DCFEMS Chief Gregory Dean and Emergency Management Director Chris Geldart apologize for ambulance delay.

Google Confirms Self-Driving Car Accidents

Cars have been involved in 11 accidents since experiment began.

Medical Helicopter Lawsuits on the Rise

Patients face hard-edge legal tactics as companies try to gain reimbursement.

Features by Topic

JEMS TV

FEATURED VIDEO TOPICS

Learn about new products and innovations featured at EMS Today 2015

 

JEMS Connect

CURRENT DISCUSSIONS

 
 

EMS BLOGS

Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

Featured Careers