By Sarah Keane • 29 January 2021 • 10:45
Image: Boiler service. Stock Photo, EWN
ELDERLY couple die from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning after their boiler malfunctioned in Barcelona
An 81-year-old man and a 76-year-old woman have sadly lost their lives after their diesel boiler broke down on Thursday, January 28 in Valles Occidental, Terrassa, in the province of Barcelona. Members of the Local Police and the Medical Emergency System (SEM) raced to the scene at Calle Grecia shortly before 11.30pm, but sadly, the elderly couple was pronounced dead at the scene.
Four units of firefighters also responded, and the experts noticed that there were very high concentrations of carbon monoxide in the house, and concluded the most likely source was a diesel boiler on the premises. Firefighters ventilated the property immediately and an investigation will follow to determine the exact cause of their death.
Due to the recent cold snap in Spain, particularly at the beginning of January when Storm Filomena brought heavy snow, rain and freezing temperatures, the country has tragically seen a large increase in accidents and deaths related to boilers, and gas appliances in particular.
Earlier this month, a huge explosion at a parish building in Madrid killed four people. An investigation into the incident found that three of the seven gas boilers on the premises weren’t officially registered with the General Directorate of Industry of the Community, which is a legal requirement in Spain.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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