LINCOLNTON, N.C. – A production plant in Lincolnton has reopened following a carbon monoxide leak that sickened dozens of people.
Production at R.W. Garcia Corp. remains closed while investigators work to find the source of the leak.
The production facility was evacuated in the 1 o'clock hour on Monday afternoon, after several employees reported lightheadedness and headaches. The plant manager immediately evacuated the building and called in emergency first responders.
Emergency crews quickly determined the 34 employees were suffering from symptoms consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning after responding. Officials with the fire department measured the carbon monoxide levels in the building and identified the cause as natural gas. The leaking natural gas was quickly turned off.
A R.W. Garcia spokesperson says 14 of the approximately employees working at the time of gas leak required hospitalization for treatment of their symptoms. Everyone treated is expected to be okay. All patients were treated and released by Monday evening.