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Family becomes ill due to carbon monoxide leak

By Gheni_Platenburg
Aug. 24, 2010 at 3:24 a.m.

The Victoria Fire Department investigates a gas leak in the 4800 block of Aster Lane on Tuesday.

The Victoria Fire Department investigates a gas leak in the 4800 block of Aster Lane on Tuesday.

A water heater may be to blame for a Tuesday morning carbon monoxide leak in the 4800 block of Aster Lane.

Around 9:30 a.m., the Victoria Fire Department and Center Point Energy were called to investigate the cause of a carbon monoxide leak after elevated levels of the gas triggered a carbon monoxide detector inside the home.

The family had already evacuated the home by the time crews arrived.

During the investigation, Lt. Greg Navjar of the Victoria Fire Department said crews found all the carbon monoxide levels in the home to be normal except for the area around the water heater, which gave off a slight reading.

However, Navjar said appliances like water heaters and furnaces normally give off small, non-hazardous levels of the gas.

The family was allowed to re-enter the home after the 45 minute investigation concluded.

Three people complained of nausea, dizziness and lightheadedness, which are symptoms that coincide with carbon monoxide poisoning.

They were transported to the hospital via private vehicle.

No other homes were affected.

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