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Carbon Monoxide Leaks Sickens 25 Children at Elementary School

An elementary school on the far south side of Chicago sent just over two dozen children to the hospital after they became ill.

On November 5th, students at Harold Washington Elementary School began experiencing symptoms including nausea, vomiting and headaches.  A Level 1 HazMat was called to the school, located at 9130 S. University Avenue, and it was determined that there was a carbon monoxide leak.

Firefighters came to the Burnside neighborhood school and used fans to ventilate the third floor of the building. Twenty-five students in all were taken to area hospitals and were found to be in good condition. While the investigation continues, it is believed that a faulty boiler was the cause of the CO leak in the grade school.

Buildings that are a part of our daily lives should not make us sick. If you or a loved one knows someone who has experienced an injury because of a faulty premises, call Spiros Law, P.C., at (815) 929-9292 to explore your legal rights.