NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police say five people are hospitalized after being sickened by carbon monoxide fumes from a generator in a Long Island home.
A neighbor told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall that residents were found on the floor, not moving, after being overcome by carbon monoxide.
“I believe they left a generator down on the basement, they went to sleep and forgot to turn it off and everybody got sick,” he said.
Suffolk County police say one of the residents is in critical, but stable, condition and the others are in serious condition Saturday. But police say the five adults all are expected to survive.
They were rescued from the Bay Shore home around 11:30 p.m. Friday.
Someone had called 911 to report a strange smell and trouble breathing.
Police say the residents were using a generator because the home didn’t have electricity. It’s not immediately clear whether the power had been shut off or had failed in an outage.
Two officers also were taken to a hospital for treatment. They have been released.
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