CLAYTON – A Johnston County man died Saturday morning from apparent carbon monoxide poisoning. It happened on Trenburg Place near Clayton.
The neighborhood lost power around 7:00pm Friday. A 65 year-old man was reportedly running a propane-powered generator in his garage to power his home.
Around 4:00am Saturday, the victim’s wife said he went into the garage to check on the generator. Around 7:00am, when he had not returned, his wife went to check on him and found his deceased in the garage.
She was transported to the hospital due to high levels of carbon monoxide.
The victim and his wife had recently relocated from New York to Johnston County after his retirement.
While on the scene of the fatality, a nearby resident reported their carbon monoxide alarm had sounded. Firefighters discovered they were also running a generator in their garage. They were evaluated at the scene but not transported to the hospital.
The Johnston County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the tragic death.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says there are about 430 carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths in the United States each year. Another 50,000 people visit the emergency department due to accidental CO poisoning.
According to the CDC website, the most common symptoms of CO poisoning are headache, dizziness, weakness, nausea, vomiting, chest pain, and confusion. People who are sleeping or who have been drinking alcohol can die from CO poisoning before ever having symptoms.