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1 dead in carbon monoxide incident at Walt Whitman Mall

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The manager of a restaurant at a Long Island mall is dead and 27 others were injured in a carbon monoxide incident.  It happened at the Walt Whitman Mall in Huntington Station on Saturday night.

Suffolk County police were called to the Legal Seafood for a report that someone had fallen and hit her head in the basement.

Soon after arriving, police and emergency personnel felt nauseous and dizzy and recognized it as a carbon monoxide incident.

Police evacuated the restaurant and found the manager, Steven Nelson, 55, of Copiague, unconscious in the basement. He was transported to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

27 other victims, including four ambulance personnel and three police officers, were transported to five area hospitals with non-life threatening symptoms. Most of the victims were employees at Legal Seafood. The investigation is focusing on the restaurant’s heating equipment.

Legal Seafood and surrounding restaurants, Panera Bread and The Cheesecake Factory, were evacuated. The carbon monoxide appears to have been confined to the basement of Legal Seafood.

Carbon monoxide is toxic and is easily absorbed through the lungs. Inhaling even relatively small amounts can lead to injury, neurological damage, and death.

Officials say a faulty water heater flue pipe is to blame for the carbon monoxide leak.

Huntington Chief Fire Marshal Terence McNally says the fumes were circulated in the basement by the ventilation systems at the Legal Sea Foods restaurant at the Walt Whitman Shops on Long Island.


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