Atlanta churchgoers sickened with carbon monoxide


A dozen members of a northeast Atlanta church are recovering from carbon monoxide poisoning after they fell ill during services Sunday.

Atlanta fire department spokesman Bobby Stewart said a defective heating pipe at the New Supreme Church of God in Christ was sending the potentially deadly fumes into the church. The church called 911 after a few members became ill, a number that grew to 12 before emergency officials arrived a few minutes later.

Stewart said the sickened churchgoers were taken to area hospitals.

Fire officials say the victims' conditions were not life-threatening.

Church officials could not immediately be reached for comment. The church's listed phone number has been disconnected.

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