Garrett Harris 9:48 p.m., May 23
Imperial Beach family barely escapes death
A silent, deadly killer. Carbon monoxide.
An Imperial Beach family is thankful today to be alive after a carbon monoxide leak sent them to the hospital. It happened Monday morning January 14, in the 900 block of Cypress Avenue with the Clement family complaining of flu-like symptoms. A crew from Imperial Beach Fire and Rescue responded and soon determined the problem to be carbon monoxide poisoning. Captain John French of the IBFD explained to the media “C.O. is colorless, odorless and can’t be detected unless you have a C.O. detector in your house and now is the time to make sure it is currently working. Readings were way above what we normally see. We were getting numbers in the four hundreds when usually you want in the zeros.” The Clement family according to relatives was treated Saturday at a local hospital for flu-like symptoms but on Monday the family that includes two adult children woke with headaches and were vomiting so they called 9-1-1. A San Diego Gas and Electric crew was called to the home to investigate.