Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

AFRICA NEWS

Nigeria mosque blast: Scores die in attack during prayers in Kano

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Sarko Bites Back: Ex-President Determined to Reclaim UMP Leadership

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

No Deal: Iran Nuclear Talks End Without Agreement

Read more

FASHION

"Cloakroom Vestiaire Obligatoire" a tender and hypnotic performance by Tilda Swinton and Olivier Saillard.

Read more

FRANCE IN FOCUS

Learning the language of love

Read more

AFRICA NEWS

Burkina Faso: Calls for probe into 1998 murder of journalist

Read more

FOCUS

Is this the end of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella Movement'?

Read more

#THE 51%

France marks 40th anniversary of abortion laws

Read more

#TECH 24

Virtual insanity? Artist to 'experience life' through Oculus Rift headset for 28 days

Read more

France

Toxic fumes see 65 hospitalised at church concert

Latest update : 2009-01-30

Sixty-five people, including 16 children, were taken to hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning while attending a boys' choir concert at a church in Phalempin, in northern France.

AFP - Sixty-five people were hospitalised Monday for carbon monoxide poisoning after breathing toxic fumes at a church concert near the northern French city of Lille, officials said.
   
Among those hospitalised were 16 children including choir singers, a regional administration official said.
   
No one was in serious condition. Most of those hospitalised suffered from headaches and vomiting.
   
Emergency services were called to the scene when a couple members of the audience became ill, and after determining there were very elevated carbon monoxide levels in the air, evacuated the 250 people from the church in the town of Phalempin.
   
"Peope were immediately directed towards a reception room where they underwent medical exams on a case-by-case basis," said the chief of staff for the regional prefecture, Gisele Rossat-Mignod.
   
Some 20 paramedics provided people oxygen and examined them for symptoms of poisoning from the colourless and odourless yet highly toxic gas, which can also cause confusion, tiredness, and fainting.
   
Officials suspect the heating system released the gas into the poorly ventilated church, although they said the furnace had been inspected Friday.
   
"Looking back, I think if the two people hadn't become ill, then in a few more minutes some people could have had much more serious problems," said Thierry Lazaro, the deputy mayor of the town, who attended the concert.
   
Carbon monoxide poisoning, which blocks the absorption of oxygen in the blood, can lead to death in less than one hour.
   
Regional officials first said 24 people had been hospitalised.

Date created : 2009-01-27

COMMENT(S)