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Carbon monoxide leak forces evacuation at Sask. food manufacturer

The Saskatoon Fire Department said a propane-fueled forklift was the origin of the carbon monoxide that poisoned 28 people

May 4, 2017  by The Canadian Press

SASKATOON—Two people were taken to hospital and 26 others were treated on scene after a carbon monoxide leak at a Saskatoon food manufacturing and labelling plant.

A Hazmat team and firefighters responded to a report of employees at Speciality Distributing feeling ill on the afternoon of May 3.

The building was quickly evacuated.

MD Ambulance officials said two women, ages 43 and 46, were taken to hospital after their carbon monoxide exposure levels wouldn’t lower with oxygen.


The Saskatoon Fire Department said carbon monoxide levels in the building were recorded at 65 parts per million, well above the maximum recommended level of nine parts per million.

It was determined a propane fueled forklift was the origin of the carbon monoxide.

This story was filed to The Canadian Press by CTV Saskatoon

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