Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Claims Two Lives in Princeton Township Home
Tragedy struck a home just north of the Twin Cities when two people lost their lives due to suspected carbon monoxide poisoning. The incident occurred in Princeton Township, and a third person was rushed to the hospital for treatment, according to officials.
The Mille Lacs County Sheriff’s Office received a distress call from the residence on 110th Avenue around 8 p.m. on Sunday. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a 27-year-old man deceased in an upstairs bedroom. A dog, showing signs of being affected by the toxic gas, was also found in the room. Sadly, a female and a cat were also discovered dead in the house.
Emergency responders transported the distressed caller to a nearby hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning treatment. The current condition of the survivor remains unknown, and authorities have not provided updates on the dog’s condition.
The deceased man has been identified as Marcos Larson, while the identities of the other individuals in the house have yet to be disclosed.
Preliminary investigations suggest that the occupants of the house were using a gas-powered generator alongside propane heaters and space heaters to combat the lack of electricity and running water. However, running combustion engines inside enclosed spaces is extremely dangerous, as highlighted by Sheriff Kyle Burton. He urged residents to equip their homes with functioning carbon monoxide alarms to ensure early detection of dangerous levels of the poisonous gas.
Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless, and tasteless gas that can be lethal when inhaled in high concentrations. Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headache, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. Prolonged exposure can lead to loss of consciousness and, in severe cases, death.
This tragic incident serves as a reminder of the importance of taking necessary precautions to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. It is crucial to ensure proper ventilation and avoid using combustion engines or any gas-powered equipment indoors.
Authorities continue to investigate the incident, and further details are expected to be released in due course.