Tampa, FL — Five people were rushed to an area hospital Monday morning after they were exposed to “significantly high levels of carbon monoxide,” according to Hillsborough County Fire Rescue.
Authorities said a car parked in the garage of a home near the intersection of Sugar Pine Way and Black Pine Drive in Tampa was left running overnight.
Between 10 and 12 firefighters responded to the call for help around 10:30 a.m. There were no reported injuries among first responders.
“The answer lies in carbon monoxide detectors,” officials added. “You have to install them, you have to check them, you have to make sure they work.”
The CDC added that cars and trucks should never be run inside a garage that is attached to a house — even with the garage door open. Homeowners should always open the door to a detached garage so fresh air can circulate when a car or truck is running inside.