Homestead mayor, councilman sickened by carbon monoxide |

Homestead mayor, councilman sickened by carbon monoxide

The mayor of Homestead and a borough councilman and his friend were hospitalized yesterday with carbon monoxide poisoning, fire officials said.

Mayor Betty Esper, Councilman Lloyd Cunningham and Cunningham’s 28-year-old female friend were taken to UPMC Presbyterian in Oakland after Cunningham noticed his friend was unresponsive, said Homestead Fire Chief Bill Purifoy. Esper and Cunningham live in a two-unit house on East 11th Avenue, Purifoy said.

Fire crews arrived to find high levels of carbon monoxide, the chief said. The leaks were coming from a gas lantern and the basement, he said.

Hospital officials said Cunningham was released yesterday. Officials would not provide an update on the condition of the others or whether they had been released.

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