Nearly a dozen people were sent to the hospital for medical treatment after a carbon monoxide leak at the Westin Baltimore Washington Airport hotel in Linthicum in late February.* A few days later, a class action suit was filed against the hotel operators.
On the day of the carbon monoxide leak, high levels of the gas, which is poisonous to humans, was detected in the air by fire officials. The levels were high throughout the seven-story building. In fact, fire officials noted that the carbon monoxide levels were so high that they could cause serious injury after just two hours of exposure.
Source of Toxic Deadly Gas Leak Discovered
A paramedic had initially been called to the area to treat a hotel employee who was faint. After discovering the high levels of carbon monoxide, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department crew evacuated the hotel. At the time, there were 64 occupied rooms. An investigation by fire officials discerned that the toxic gas leak was caused by a flue control that malfunctioned on a water heater in one of the hotel’s laundry rooms.
The lawsuit is alleging negligence, claiming that the company failed to maintain a safe environment for guests.** The claim states that the hotel knew of the flu-like symptoms guests and employees reported before firefighters were called, but did nothing about it.
Apparently, the hotel did not have carbon monoxide detectors at the time the leak was discovered. The hotel was built in 2007, but detectors have become mandatory for new hotels only since 2013.
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