Hotel carbon monoxide leak kills child, sickens others
Employees at the Quality Inn & Suites called 911 after seeing six unresponsive children on the pool deck
NILES, Mich. — Authorities in southwestern Michigan have identified a 13-year-old boy who died after a carbon monoxide leak in a hotel pool area that also sickened about a dozen people.
Employees at the Quality Inn & Suites in Niles called 911 around 10 a.m. Saturday after seeing six unresponsive children on the pool deck. Police say a seventh child was found unresponsive in a first-floor room.
Police Chief Jim Millin says Bryan Douglas Watts of Niles was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital. Millin says responding officers administered chest compressions to some children and helped get the affected kids into awaiting ambulances.
Two responding officers were treated for carbon monoxide exposure and released from the hospital.
Niles Fire Capt. Don Wise says the leak was caused by a malfunctioning vent pipe from the pool heater.
Choice Hotels, which owns Quality Inn, said in a statement that its thoughts were with the affected families, and that this "isolated incident" occurred at an independently-owned franchise.