10 CO poisoning cases in Marion Co. since Sunday

FAIRMONT, W.Va. (AP) — Marion County's emergency chief says he concerned about a spate of carbon monoxide poisonings in the county.

Ten people have been hospitalized since Sunday, including seven workers at a Marcellus Shale pump station.

Marion County homeland security and emergency management director Chris McIntire tells The Times West Virginian (http://bit.ly/MKStT7 ) that there have been 30 total cases since January. The county typically sees five to 10 cases a year.

McIntire says he believes extreme cold weather is the reason for the increase.

Fairview Volunteer Fire Department chief Steve Gillespie says the seven workers who were sickened were working in a large unventilated tent containing two generators and several heaters on Sunday.

Three people were hospitalized Tuesday after a heating system in a house malfunctioned.

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Information from: Times West Virginian, http://www.timeswv.com

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