SALISBURY, Md. (AP) — About 300 inmates had to be evacuated from the Wicomico County Detention Center after an apparent gas water heater failed and filled the facility with carbon monoxide gases.


County public information officer Jim Fineran says about 300 prisoners were evacuated at about 8 p.m. Friday. He says one officer and four inmates were taken to a medical center.

WBOC reports that officials are evaluating the damage to the gas hot water boiler.



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Comments (5)
  1. Jack says:

    Where do they get these reporter? Shouldn’t they know that Carbon Monoxide is odorless. If any of my grammar is incorrect, it is because I am not a reporter.

  2. john says:

    Foul smell , not strong smell

  3. Adam says:

    CO has no odor…

  4. josecanuc says:

    probably the same smell us law abiding citizens get a whiff of when we enter Baltimore city.

  5. Moron says:

    Disregard the stupidity of the reporter. Chemicals are added to gas inorder to give it a foul smell. This is done for safety reasons. If a gas-leak were to occur (as it apparently did) the unburned gas could be detected before an explosive concentration develops.
    Reading “CBSbaltimore” is like getting your news from your neighbor’s 95 yr old grandmother.

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