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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Firefighters Say Elderly Man's Death Was Not Related to Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Posted By on Wed, Oct 8, 2014 at 11:57 AM

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Early this morning, tragedy struck an apartment building in the Sunset District when an elderly man died while being evacuated after carbon monoxide alarms sounded in the building. 

Firefighters responded to the scene at 1255 Taraval Street and began evacuating the building as carbon monoxide alarms rang. At that time, the victim, who had a previous health condition, had a heart attack and died at the scene, says Mindy Talmadge, spokeswoman for the San Francisco Fire Department.  
Another woman who also had a previous medical condition complained of chest pain, however, authorities determined that neither case had anything to do with carbon monoxide poisoning, Talmadge says. "Nobody else in the building was experiencing signs of this," she notes. 

Authorities then conducted tests and found that the carbon monoxide readings were actually very low, Talmadge says.

Fire crews determined the carbon monoxide scare was a false alarm, and the death was unrelated.

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