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Update: Carbon Monoxide Exposure Confirmed at Morris Corrections Center

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Fire and emergency vehicles outside the Morris Cormmunity Correctional Center in Dover, Tuesday morning, June 21, 2016. (Photo: WBOC) Fire and emergency vehicles outside the Morris Cormmunity Correctional Center in Dover, Tuesday morning, June 21, 2016. (Photo: WBOC)

DOVER, Del.- Dozens of inmates at the Morris Community Corrections Center were sent to the hospital Tuesday afternoon after showing signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, the Delaware Department of Correction said Tuesday.

The Department of Correction confirmed Tuesday night that a boiler malfunction led to a carbon monoxide leak at the center in Dover. The boilers passed a DNREC inspection in August 2015 and was not due for re-inspection until May of 2017, correction officials said. 

Correction officials said the boilers were shut down a mechanical contractor was on site making repairs and assessing the boilers Tuesday evening. Correction maintenance staff will monitor the carbon monoxide levels for the next 48 hours, correction officials said. They added that an engineering firm is scheduled to be on sit at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday to make a complete assessment of the boiler room mechanical area.

As of 5:30 p.m., correction officials said 68 inmates and one DOC employee had been transported to area hospital with symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure. Two inmates and one correctional officer were admitted for further observation and treatment, officials said. Many of the inmates were cleared by staff and returned to the center by Tuesday night.

The Morris Community Corrections Center is a 150-bed facility that houses offenders undergoing substance abuse treatment and work release offenders.
 

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