Md. Hotel Evacuated; Nine Treated for CO Issues

Feb. 17--Nine people required medical treatment following a carbon monoxide leak at The Westin Baltimore Washington Airport hotel in Linthicum Sunday afternoon.

At around 1:30 p.m., fire officials detected high levels of carbon monoxide after a paramedic was initially called to the hotel, at 1100 Old Elkridge Landing Rd., to treat an employee who reported feeling faint, said Lt. Russ Davis, a spokesman for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. Fire crews then evacuated the hotel, which had 64 occupied rooms. The total number of people evacuated was unknown.

"There were high levels all throughout the building," Davis said. "All seven stories."

Twenty people were identified as having suffered possible carbon monoxide poisoning, according to fire department officials. Four employees who worked in the hotel's laundry room, including the individual who the paramedic first treated, were transported to Maryland Shock Trauma.

An additional four employees and a guest were taken to a local hospital.

Davis said the building was fully ventilated at around 5:30 p.m, but hotel management is not allowing guests to return Sunday night.

The source of the leak has not been identified.

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