PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - Forty-two apartment units have tested positive for levels of carbon monoxide and were evacuated, according to a spokeswoman for the Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority.
The Swanson Home complex on South Street is the same place where Inez and Leroy Stith were found dead on the morning of June 21. The Medical Examiners office says carbon monoxide poisoning was the cause of death.
Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority Deputy Executive Director Kathy Warren said the vast majority of units had extremely low levels of carbon monoxide but they evacuated all 42 as a precautionary measure.
In some cases, Warren said the readings were within the acceptable EPA range, though she couldn't say how many. Portsmouth Redevelopment and Housing Authority said carbon monoxide was detected near some of the gas stoves and water heaters. Warren said they are replacing 15 gas ranges and 8 water heaters.
Warren says low levels would explain why the carbon monoxide detectors did not go off in the 42 apartments.
As for the one in the Stiths' apartment, investigators are still examining why it did not go off.
The cause of the carbon monoxide leak is still under investigation.
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