LANSING - A Sparrow Hospital E.R. doctor put two and two together and got YMCA. Thursday night the doctor noticed two patients had come into the emergency room with headaches and nausea. After talking to them, the doctor discovered both patients have been at the YMCA at Oak Park in south Lansing. The doctor notified the fire department, who checked the YMCA out and discovered there was a carbon monoxide problem at the exercise facility. The YMCA was evacuated while the source of the carbon monoxide was identified and taken care of. A malfunctioning furnace is being blamed. The facility was to be closed Friday.
Sparrow Hospital reports as many as 20 people who had been at the Oak Park YMCA came to their emergency room complaining of headaches and nausea. At least 7 were admitted. They were treated by inhaling from oxygen masks until the carbon monoxide had dissipated from their system.