4 Taken To Hospital Following Gas Leaks In Keene, NH, Officials Say

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4 Taken To Hospital Following Gas Leaks In Keene, NH, Officials Say.

KEENE, N.H. (CBS/AP) — Liberty Utilities customers in Keene are being warned about the possibility of gas odors and elevated carbon monoxide levels in their homes after a power problem at its Keene plant. “The change in the gas mixture caused gas with a high Btu content to enter the distribution system,” the company said in a statement released Saturday. “We are currently investigating the root cause of the issue.Keene officials keep an eye on the rapidly unfolding emergency in the city stemming from a Liberty Utilities plant in the city. (MEGHAN PIERCE/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT) Swanzey firefighters Tyke Frasier, Brendan West and Rob Herrick in-between door-to-door stops on Roxbury Street in Keene Saturday evening as Keene and mutual aid fire crews along with Liberty Gas Company check each of the city’s 1,200 gas company customers. (MEGHAN PIERCE/UNION LEADER CORRESPONDENT) KEENE – A 6-alarm emergency has been struck in Keene to respond to a gas emergency, Keene Fire Chief Mark Howard said at a press briefing Saturday afternoon. “This is not a gas leak that is occurring within the city.

Liberty became aware of the problem when the plant’s safety system detected a change.” Firefighters responded to 104 calls related to the leaks, and at least four people have been taken to the hospital after experiencing symptoms of exposure to carbon monoxide. Liberty Utilities officials say the power problem caused operational issues, and advise anyone who experiences dizziness or headaches to immediately get fresh air.

Along with CO emergencies,” Howard said.”We’ve put the hospital on stand by for level two for CO emergencies.” “We are asking neighbors to check on neighbors,” said Kürt Blomquist, Keene Public Work Director/ Emergency Management Director. “If you know you have a elderly neighbor you haven’t seen in a while, knock on their door and make sure they are alright.” Residents who are serviced by Liberty Utilities and are within a two-mile radius of Main Street are urged to open their windows and check on their neighbors. Customers who have had their gas service disconnected or are experiencing other gas service-related problems is asked to call Liberty Utilities at (603) 352-1230. (TM and © Copyright 2015 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. Officials said the change in gas mixture may have resulted in the production of carbon monoxide at the gas appliance or burner tip in a home or business. “At some point, the blower that puts that air into that mixture tripped and was no longer putting air into the mixture, so we were just having propane into the mixture,” said Michael Lacotta of Liberty Utilities. Keene officials are also in the process of determining customer locations where the gas supply had been turned off because of high carbon monoxide readings.

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