YORK, Pa. (AP) — A carbon monoxide leak at a central Pennsylvania prison appears to have been caused by a problem with the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system that serves the affected housing unit.
York County Prison in Springettsbury Township sent 49 female inmates to various hospitals late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning. County officials said in a statement that they all had been returned to prison by late Thursday afternoon.
County Commissioner Doug Hoke told The York Dispatch that it was an "unfortunate situation" but it "could have been a disaster."
Officials will be meeting with the McClure Co. of Harrisburg, which works on HVAC and energy efficiency projects for the prison, to get more information.
Warden Mary Sabol said prison officials will look into carbon monoxide detectors for the facility.
Information from: The York Dispatch, http://www.yorkdispatch.com