Four children die in Texas gas poisoning

January 3, 2017 4:21 am

Phosphine gas was likely released when water was mixed with a pest control chemical. Photo / AP file

A poisonous gas believed to have been released when someone tried to wash away a pesticide that had been sprayed under a home killed four children and left six other people hospitalised.
Phosphine gas was likely released when water mixed with the pest control chemical, Amarillo fire officials said.
A specific cause of death had not been released for the four children. The other six people who were in the home are “not out of the woods yet,” fire officials said.
Crews who responded to a call to the home originally thought it was related to carbon monoxide poisoning, Amarillo fire Captain Larry Davis said.
One child died at the scene and three others died at a hospital.
Officials didn’t release any identifying information, including the children’s ages or whether they were related. Davis said all four people who died were residents of the home.

Phosphine gas can cause respiratory failure and in severe cases can cause a pulmonary edema, which fills the lungs full of fluid, he said.Davis told the Amarillo Globe- he wasn’t sure how long the residents had been exposed to the phosphine gas before a visitor arrived today and found everyone sick.
Davis said about 10 first responders from the police, fire and medical response departments were also taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, but none had shown symptoms of illness.

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