Two people found dead in Clairton from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning
Two men died on Saturday night from an apparent carbon monoxide poisoning in a Clairton home, authorities said.
Rescuers needed more than an hour to clear the house on the 300 block of Mitchell Avenue of the deadly, odorless, colorless gas before they could enter, said Clairton Fire Chief John Lattanzi.
The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victims as William Chapman, 56, the homeowner, and his longtime friend Gary Townsend, 47, also of Clairton.
Autopsies will be performed on Sunday, the medical examiner's office said.
Lattanzi was unable to identify the source of the carbon monoxide, but said that “99 percent of the time it's the furnace.”
No one else was in the two-story brick home at the time, he said.
Chapman had lots of family in Clairton and “got along with everybody,” his nephew George Chapman said.
He hosted cookouts for his many nearby cousins and other family members, he said.
Terry Lee, who lived beside William Chapman for the last five years, described him as “a very nice guy.”
Emergency responders arrived on the scene about 5 p.m., Lattanzi said.
As soon as they opened the front door, a hazardous gas detector on the responder's medical bag sounded, he said.
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