6 children unconscious from apparent carbon-monoxide poisoning at MI hotel pool

Police confirm 13 people total needed treatment, including six children between the ages of 10 and 14 that were found unconscious.

Six children were taken to the hospital after they were found unresponsive near a pool at a hotel in Niles, which is located near the in border in MI.

Staff called 911, according to ABC News, and opened the doors to the pool area. Memorial Hospital confirmed that the patients there are in critical condition.

One child died on arrival at Lakeland Hospital in Niles, a hospital spokesman said. Some hotel employees and first responders were being treated and were expected to make a full recovery, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

One Niles police officer, two Berrien County Sheriff's deputies, as well as two hotel employees were also taken to the hospital.

First responders arrived and immediately took the children out of the area.

Don Wise says a high level of carbon monoxide was detected in the pool area and lower levels were found in other parts of the hotel.

Carbon monoxide levels taken in the hotel were 16 times the safe limit. "The other ones were not unresponsive, but they were outside of the pool area".

"Six of them were inside the pool area unresponsive", Wise said. A mechanical engineer is on site investigating whether the pool heater was the cause of the dangerously high carbon monoxide levels. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration prohibits workers from being exposed to more than 50 parts averaged over an 8-hour period.

  • Carolyn Briggs