SPRINGFIELD, Mich. (AP) — An 11-year-old girl has died and her mother and the woman’s boyfriend are in critical condition due to apparent carbon monoxide poisoning inside a southern Michigan building that was serving as a makeshift home.
The Calhoun County sheriff’s department says the victims were found Thursday night in Springfield and that a generator powering a kerosene heater caused carbon monoxide to accumulate inside the structure.
Deputies forced their way inside and found the girl, the 44-year-old man and the 41-year-old woman. The adults were hospitalized. Their names were not immediately released.
The Battle Creek Enquirer reports that a nearby resident called police, telling them a family was inside the commercial building which had no electric service.
The newspaper says signs outside the building indicate it may have been an upholstery shop.
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