Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

10 ILL IN HOSPITAL AFTER CARBON MONOXIDE ALERT ; Safety Inspectors Investigate at Community Centre after People Hit by Blurred Vision, Headaches and Dizziness

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

10 ILL IN HOSPITAL AFTER CARBON MONOXIDE ALERT ; Safety Inspectors Investigate at Community Centre after People Hit by Blurred Vision, Headaches and Dizziness

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SAFETY inspectors are investigating after a carbon monoxide alert at a community centre sent 10 people to hospital.

Firefighters attended Castlemere Community Centre in Rochdale after reports occupants had fallen ill just before 3pm yesterday.

Six were taken by paramedics to three hospitals with symptoms including headaches, dizziness and blurred vision. Another four people later attended hospital, although none of their conditions were deemed life-threatening.

Health and Safety Executive have launched an investigation into the possible causes.

Fire crews equipped with breathing masks and gas detectors entered the building on Tweedale Street, evacuating the centre as well as the nearby Rochdale Central Mosque and partly closing four streets. The doors and windows of the community centre were thrown open and gas engineers from National Grid arrived to isolate the supply.

The cordon was lifted some two hours later after new readings were taken showing lower gas levels.

The cause of the carbon monoxide build-up, which can stop the blood from absorbing oxygen with fatal consequences, is being investigated.

Speaking from the scene last night, Hafiz Abdulmalik, project coordinator at the centre, told the M. …

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