Carbon Monoxide Scare Causes Evacuations In Mount Lebanon

MOUNT LEBANON, Pa.,None — Part of an apartment building in Mount Lebanon was evacuated Thursday morning when a carbon monoxide detector went off.

The bottom two floors of Washington Square apartments were evacuated at about 2:45 a.m.

A generator in the apartment building lost power during severe storms Wednesday afternoon. The Mount Lebanon fire chief said about 18 residents had to leave the building, including some in wheelchairs.

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"I heard more pounding and I got up and there were firemen in the hallway with masks on and they were saying that there was a high level of carbon monoxide. They came into the condo and checked the levels. They said it was okay. But just the idea of having carbon monoxide was a pretty scary thought," said resident M.A. Sinnhuber.

Evacuees were taken to the municipal building next door while firefighters ventilated the building. They were allowed back in their building shortly before 7 a.m.

Firefighters believe a generator, which switched on after the building's power went out, was emitting the fumes.