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January 14, 2014

Couple survive close call with poison gas

Dan Morehouse, 68, said he believes his dog, Sweet Pea, could tell something was not right in his home just before he and his wife, Linda, were faced with a frighteningly close call with carbon monoxide poisoning this weekend.

“She sleeps downstairs,” Morehouse said of Sweet Pea, “but that night when I tried to bring her down, she didn’t want to go and she threw up. I think she sensed something was wrong.”

Other than the dog’s peculiar behavior, the Garrattsville couple said there were no indications that their house was reaching fatal levels of carbon monoxide.

Morehouse said he woke up early Saturday morning to use the bathroom and noticed he had chest pain.

“I thought it was my asthma,” he said. “But after I used my inhaler and the pain continued, I knew something was wrong.”

Dan Morehouse said he went downstairs and immediately began to vomit. After noticing a light on downstairs, Linda Morehouse said, she went to check on her husband. Upon arriving downstairs, Dan said, Linda collapsed on the floor, passed out. 

“It felt like I had no energy at all,” Linda Morehouse, 67, said. “Almost like having the flu.”

She said she initially thought of the oven, which she had cleaned earlier in the day.

“I thought the fumes were making us sick,” she said, “so I opened a door to let some air in. I was able to get to the couch and I remember we were saying to each other ‘we should call 911.’”

Dan Morehouse said he remembers crawling to the phone to make the call, and then the arrival of the Garrattsville EMS.

The couple’s daughter, Melanie Benjamin, commended the Garrattsville Fire Department and EMS for their quick recognition of the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, and called the personnel “wonderful.”

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