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Gas leak in Winnipeg motel sends 46 people to hospital

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By Moira Warburton

(Reuters) – A carbon monoxide gas leak in a motel in Winnipeg, Manitoba, sent 46 people to the hospital, with 15 of those in critical condition, the city said on Tuesday.

Staff and guests were evacuated from the Super 8 Motel, the city added on Twitter. The fire department got an alarm at 10:19 a.m. CDT (1519 GMT).

Manitoba Hydro, the provincial gas provider, said on Twitter it shut off gas to the motel and is ventilating the building.

Carbon monoxide readings at the motel came in at 385 parts per million (ppm), Alex Forrest, president of the United Fire Fighters of Winnipeg, told CBC News. Carbon monoxide levels become dangerous at 10-20 ppm, he said.

(Reporting by Moira Warburton; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

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