5 killed in Md. by carbon monoxide poisoning

A rusted exhaust pipe that had separated from a heating system was likely the cause of the gas leak


By Meredith Somers
The Washington Times

OXON HILL, Md. — Five people were found dead Tuesday in an Oxon Hill home, poisoned by carbon monoxide levels nearly 10 times higher than acceptable limits, emergency officials said Tuesday.

Prince George's County Fire Chief Marc S. Bashoor said a rusted exhaust pipe that had separated from a heating system was likely the cause of the gas leak at the small, brick house. The thermostat was on after a night during which temperatures dipped near freezing.

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