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Lake Delton hotel ordered to create safety protocol after CO leak


LAKE DELTON (WKOW) -- Fire officials say a Lake Delton hotel has been required to take steps to improve conditions after a carbon monoxide leak in June.

In the middle of the night on June 15, customers and employees at the Travel Lodge Hotel had to be evacuated after an employee became ill and was hospitalized with high levels of CO detected in the employee's blood. Nine others were also treated for CO poisoning.

The source of the leak was two pool heaters in the hotel's maintenance room. Delton Fire Chief Darren Jorgenson says after an investigation, the rest of the hotel was deemed safe and it reopened on June 19, with the pool area remaining closed.

Jorgenson says that investigation found the hotel had four CO detectors, which is required by state law. Although, two of the detectors were not functioning properly and the two that were working were mishandled by employees during the leak so they didn't alarm properly to alert of danger.

Fire officials directed the hotel to develop a new protocol regarding CO following the incident. Jorgenson says the hotel has installed 14 new detectors and will now be training employees in the event of a fire or CO alarm activation.

Jorgenson says no citations have been issued at this time.

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