Elevated CO2 at Watford City pool

Several people treated for fumes

WATFORD CITY – City Police and emergency responders were called to the pool area of the Little Missouri Inn & Suites here at 9:50 a.m. this past Saturday in response to a 911 call of a child being ill.

According to a release from the Watford City Police Department, officers arriving at the hotel found individuals who had been in the pool area that were overcome by unknown fumes. Gas sensors carried by first responders indicated high levels of carbon dioxide present in the pool area. Increased levels of carbon dioxide can decrease oxygen content in the body and lead to difficulty breathing.

How many people were affected by the elevated levels of CO2 has not been released by officials. Police only confirm that “individuals affected by the fumes were evaluated and treated, including two officers who responded.”

Reports say several people suffering from breathing problems were taken by ambulance to a local hospital where they were given oxygen, some for several hours. The condition of those treated has not been released.

Julie Brown, Little Missouri Inn & Suites, told the Minot Daily News Monday that, “We are taking this very seriously and are working closely with city officials and contractors to make sure everything is 100 percent safe. We care deeply for our guest’s experience, employees too.”

Investigation into the cause of the rise in CO2 levels in the pool area is centering on the furnace and ventilation system serving the pool. The pool remained closed as of early afternoon Monday.