2 killed, 2 unconscious following carbon monoxide leak

Taipei, Two people were killed and another two remained unresponsive following a carbon monoxide leak in Taipei, the city's Fire Department said Sunday.

A man surnamed Huang, 37 and a woman, identified as Hsu, 30, who lived on the first floor of an apartment building in the city's Songshan District, were found dead when firemen responded after receiving a report at around 8 p.m. the previous evening.

The two died after having probably inhaled fatal doses of carbon monoxide, while a man of 70 and his 28-year-old foreign caregiver living on the second floor passed out and remained unconscious as of press time.

Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that is fatal to humans when encountered in concentrations above about 35 ppm (parts per million).

The man and woman -- a couple who had their wedding photos taken in August last year -- were preparing to get married next month.

An initial investigation revealed that the carbon monoxide concentration in their room was too high, even though their water heater was installed on a balcony that was fully sealed off from inside.

The investigation into the cause of the incident was continuing.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel