Thursday, November 23, 2017
City Of Marshalltown

MFD Responds to Carbon Monoxide Incident

Department: Fire Department
Date: 11/05/17

For Immediate Release


On November 5, 2017 at 2:43 pm, the Marshalltown Fire Department (MFD) responded with Marshalltown Police Department (MPD) and Unity Point EMS to 305 E. South Street on a report of an odor of gas inside the building with people passing out. On arrival, MPD Officers found people inside the building with complaints ranging from difficulty breathing to headaches and began removing people from the building. On arrival of MFD crews, the remaining victims were removed from the building. An initial test of the air inside the building found a high concentration of carbon monoxide. MPD and Unity Point EMS immediately began transporting patients to Unity Point-Marshalltown for treatment. In total, 15 victims were transported to the local facility. Inside the building, MFD crews found a gasoline-powered generator in the basement that had been running to provide light and heat in the building. In addition, numerous gasoline cans were found that contained gasoline. Alliant Energy was called to the scene, but no electric or gas service was present in the building. Of the victims transported to Unity Point-Marshalltown, five were air-lifted and three transported by ambulance to facilities in Iowa City and Des Moines.

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David Rierson, Fire Chief
Phone: 641-754-5751