Skip to comments.2 adults, 3 children found dead in Pa. cabin
Posted on 05/03/2014 5:33:57 PM PDT by JoeProBono
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. Two adults and three children were found dead Saturday inside a small cabin in north-central Pennsylvania, authorities say.
State Police Capt. David Young told the Williamsport Sun-Gazette the bodies were discovered by the owner of the 10- by 16-foot cabin just before noon in rural Washington Township in Lycoming County.
Young said the preliminary investigation showed no signs of foul play and the cause of the deaths was not considered suspicious. But state police are looking at all possibilities, including carbon monoxide poisoning, he said. A propane heater was found inside the cabin.....
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Move that thing about an inch north and that’s where my cabin is. Good folks up that way.
That's not too far up the road.
Wow...my family is from that Valley. Our cabin probably isn’t very far from there. What a tragedy.
Middle of nowhere (no offense to locals, but it’s definitely remote). I once lived near Mercer and then Butler, and one time in the fall we drove up to this area. Very beautiful, but certainly off the beaten path.
Prayers for these people. I assume it was CO2 poisoning.
If you are running unventilated gas, get a CO detector.
Sure sounds like CO poisoning. After some incidents years ago, I now take a keychain sized carbon monoxide detector with me wherever I go. In fact, I bought one for each member in my family and each employee.
That does sound like a likely possibility. However, the following sentence from the linked article sounded somewhat strange to me:
“...Authorities say the property owner, whose name was not released, hosted a friendly get-together Friday night and slept in his truck outside the cabin before awaking Saturday and later finding the bodies....”
Yup... that’s what I got. Wouldn’t think of going anywhere without it. I spend at least 40 nights a year in hotel rooms and there were several reports this past year of pool heaters exhausting indoors and driving CO levels up (hotel rooms need fire alarms but not CO alarms). In my business, it’s also not unusual to walk into a plant and run across elevated CO levels.
I guess it would trouble a reporter too much to ask, "what kind of propane heater?"
Some are made for indoor use; some are not.
Good point, I have the Mr. Heater Big Buddy Propane Heater that is advertised for both indoor and outdoor use.
I’ve never used it and keep it only as an emergency backup. Would not use it without a carbon monoxide detector despite the claims.
Says the cabin was on private property. That makes it more down in the valley w/ the Amish than up on the mountain - where it's mostly state game lands.
My son is in Seminary at St.Tikons.
Catalytic heaters like yours are extremely safe.
They have designed and redesigned propane heaters over the years and they still terrify me. I have just heard too many stories about people dying using them.
Not at all strange. Being a good host, he probably gave up his room to the three kids.
Such an awful tragedy. The kids were 8, 5, and 3 years old.
Senseless, preventable deaths.
Mr. Heater Portable Buddy Heater