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Four siblings die from mouse pesticide gas poisoning in Amarillo, Texas

January 3, 2017  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Four siblings die from mouse pesticide gas poisoning in Amarillo, Texas

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Four siblings in Amarillo, Texas die from pesticide gas poisoning.

From The Associated Press

A poisonous gas believed to have been released when someone tried to wash away a pesticide that had been sprayed under a Texas home killed four children and left six other people hospitalized, officials said Monday.

Phosphine gas was likely released when water mixed with the pest control chemical, Amarillo fire officials said. A specific cause of death had not been released for the four children Monday afternoon. The other six people who were in the home are “not out of the woods yet,” fire officials said.

Crews who responded to a 5 a.m. call to the home originally thought it was related to carbon monoxide poisoning, Amarillo fire Capt. Larry Davis said in a statement. One child died at the scene and three others died at a hospital.

Pictured are the three young boys aged seven to 11 who died when phosphine gas was released in their home

Phosphine gas was likely released when someone tried to wash away Aluminum Phosphide that had been sprayed under the home that killed Yasmeen Baleras (pictured) and her three siblings in Texas

Officials didn’t release any identifying information, including the children’s ages or whether they were related. Davis said all four people who died were residents of the home.

Davis told the Amarillo Globe-News he wasn’t sure how long the residents had been exposed to the phosphine gas before a visitor arrived Monday and found everyone sick and called 911. Phosphine gas can cause respiratory failure and in severe cases can cause a pulmonary edema, which fills the lungs full of fluid, he said.

Davis said about 10 first responders from the police, fire and medical response departments were also taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure, but none had shown symptoms of illness.

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