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High carbon monoxide levels at Target send 4 to hospital

FAIRFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Four people were taken to the hospital Thursday morning after being sickened by carbon monoxide at the Fairfield Township Target.

Fairfield Township emergency crews responded to Bridgewater Falls shopping complex for a medical run. Based on the reported symptoms, crews determined there were elevated levels of carbon monoxide.

Fairfield Township Fire crews began monitoring and found elevated levels of CO inside the store, with the highest reading of 78ppm (parts per million). According to the Environmental Protection Agency, the standard for workers is no more than 50 ppm for 1 hour of exposure.

The Target store was evacuated and fire department personnel began ventilating the structure to reduce CO levels.  

The store was reopen at about 10:45 a.m., when monitor readings reached 0 ppm.

Equipment/mechanical failure with a propane floor buffer is being investigated as the source of the CO.

A total of four patients were transported to Mercy Hospital Fairfield for evaluation.

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