EVANSTON, Ill. (CBS) — Six people were taken to area hospitals Sunday after a carbon monoxide leak at a church in Evanston.
At 12:40 p.m., Evanston firefighters were called to Mount Pisgah Ministry, at 1813-1815 Church St. on Evanston’s west side, for a report of an unresponsive toddler.READ MORE: Bucktown Woman Shaken After Being Carjacked During Saturday Morning Spree, And She's Not The First Victim In Her Family
Firefighters found the carbon monoxide detectors going off, and discovered carbon monoxide levels of 500 parts per million at the church. A total of 11 people required medical attention at the scene, and six were taken to area hospitals, while five declined transport.
All of those who were hospitalized were stabilized.
Churchgoers helped the child for whom the fire department was first called, and who had appeared to pass out.READ MORE: At Least One Person Injured In Zion Snowmobile Accident
“So we had to resuscitate her – me and this other person – so we were just trying to get her back, and she eventually came back too. But it took about five, 10 minutes, and I think her breathing had stopped.”
Firefighters ordered everyone outside as they ventilated the building.
Early reports suggest the carbon monoxide leak came from the furnaces. The gas company NICOR is investigating to rule out additional sources.MORE NEWS: Mars Wrigley Says It Will Move Most Operations Out Of Its Plant On Chicago's West Side Over Next 2 Years
The Evanston Fire Department reminded residents to have their heating units serviced and make sure their carbon monoxide and smoke detectors are working properly.