Carbon Monoxide Leak Sends Over 40 People to Hospital

By Peter DePaolis

Residents of a Northwest DC addiction rehabilitation clinic suffered injuries after a carbon monoxide leak in the building’s basement late last month. Rescue workers transported over 43 people from the Second Genesis house to the hospital. Three of the victims suffered serious injuries, according to

Several people inside the building began getting sick, prompting the call to 911. A fire official said a leaky basement water heater likely caused the dangerous carbon monoxide fumes to fill the building. Upon arrival, fire crews evacuated the entire building. Ambulances, school buses, and hazardous material vehicles were on-hand to transport the victims to the hospital.

Gas water heaters can be one of several causes of a deadly carbon monoxide leak. Other sources include:

  • Charcoal grills
  • Propane heaters and stoves
  • Kerosene space heaters
  • Boat engines
  • Spray paint and paint removers

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, chest pain, vomiting, fainting, abdominal pain, confusion, and impaired judgment. Get out of the building immediately if you experience any of the symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning.

If everyone inside your home or another person’s property is experiencing the above symptoms, including pets, it is a telltale sign of a carbon monoxide leak. Have you ever been the victim of carbon monoxide poisoning? Tell us about your experience.

Koonz, McKenney, Johnson & DePaolis L.L.P.

Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia Injury Attorneys

Approved by attorney Roger Johnson

About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.