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California family survives near gas poisoning

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— A Livermore family narrowly escaped being poisoned by carbon monoxide

this morning, fire officials said.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m.,

firefighters received a call about a medical emergency on Olivina


They arrived at the caller's house to find several

children and adults gathered outside. All said they were having trouble

breathing, said Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Capt. Paul Legasa.


entering, officials found the house full of smoke. They quickly

discovered the source was a small, smoldering electrical fire in the

attic. Family members had been unaware of the fire due, in part, to a

lack of smoke detectors in the house, Legasa said.

Three people

were taken to the hospital for gas inhalation, he said.

The fire

appeared to have been caused by electrical work that was not

code-compliant, Legasa said, adding, "This family's lucky to be alive."http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_14513045?nclick_check=1
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