SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A swimming pool heater apparently caused a carbon monoxide leak that killed one man and critically injured another at a Corridor G hotel on Tuesday morning.
Officials were called to the Holiday Inn Express at Corridor G around 10 a.m. and arrived to find one man dead and another unresponsive, said Lt. G.E. Amburgey of the South Charleston Police Department. Both men were in their beds.
The men were part of a group of construction workers staying at the hotel. When they did not show up for a morning meeting, two other workers were sent to check on them. Those two workers were also overcome by the carbon monoxide.
On Tuesday evening, South Charleston police identified the dead man as William J. Moran, 44, of Rhode Island.
The critically injured man, who was not identified as of Tuesday evening, was taken to CAMC General Hospital; the two others were sent to Saint Francis Hospital.
Later Tuesday, eight other members of the construction crew complained of feeling ill, South Charleston Police Chief Brad Rinehart said. Rinehart, who was not at the scene, said he understood the workers were taken to a hospital in a KRT bus.
Moran and his co-workers were on the hotel's fifth floor, but carbon monoxide levels were high in other parts of the hotel as well, authorities said.
Carbon monoxide readings at the hotel reached 500 and 600 parts per million, South Charleston Fire Chief Greg Petry said. Authorities said any reading over 30 parts per million is cause for concern.
Petry said officials initially were checking a motor that was above one of the floors but later ruled it out as a cause. On Tuesday evening, authorities said the leak had come from the pool heater.
Once the men were found, the hotel was evacuated and officials did a room-by-room check, Amburgey said. He said police do not suspect foul play in the incident.
Donald Harmon, of Phenix City, Ala., was staying on the fifth floor. Harmon, who had left the hotel at 7:30 a.m. and returned around 10:30 a.m., said he did not notice anything out of the ordinary and did not feel ill.
Brad Lansberry, 25, of Pittsburgh, was among a crew of American Electric Power employees staying in the hotel while they worked at a local power plant.