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UPDATED: Carbon Monoxide Incident in Courthouse

by ARLnow.com February 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm 3,087 16 Comments

(Updated at 1:55 p.m.) The Arlington County Fire Department on the scene of a carbon monoxide incident in the Courthouse area.

Firefighters initially responded to the U.S. Print and Copy store at 2044 Wilson Boulevard for a report of a person feeling light-headed and dizzy. Personnel started treating the victim and then detected high levels of carbon monoxide, prompting a larger fire department response.

A total of three patients have been evaluated by paramedics, according to ACFD spokesman Capt. Gregg Karl. It’s unclear whether any of the patients will require transport to the hospital.

Firefighters are investigating the possibility that the carbon monoxide is coming from a malfunctioning furnace in the basement of the store. Personnel also checked other businesses along the same retail strip and found elevated carbon monoxide levels in next-door Summers Restaurant, Karl said.

As of 1:45 p.m., Washington Gas crews was on the scene, the stores were being ventilated, and firefighters and police officers (who were helping with traffic control) were beginning to clear.


  • GeoCopyEditor

    Slight inconsistency here.

    US Print & Copy (2044 Wilson) is in the same strip as Boston Market and Cosi.

    Across the street, Stanley Adams’ print shop is the same strip as TNR, Kabob house, Four Courts etc.

    Anyone know which building it is? I’m about to grab lunch at CalTort.

    • bensashi

      It was on the Cosi side.

    • Voice of Reason

      So it sounds like the REAL story here is that the Courthouse area is currently occupying non-Euclidean space.

      • Voice of Reason

        This may affect my commute.

    • Google Maps led us astray, but the story was fixed at 1:30 to reflect the correct adjacent businesses.

  • Good Grief

    I’m thinking the one without anyone inside…

  • JimPB

    How did the firefighters detect carbon monoxide?
    From the butyl mercaptan that Washington Gas adds (CO is odorless; butyl mercaptan is added to provide a smell that is described as like that of rotten eggs)?
    With a CO sensor?

    • nom de guerre

      I though butyl mercaptan was added to natural gas to aid in the detection of natural gas, not carbon monoxide which is an odorless byproduct of its combustion.

      • drax

        Bingo. You can smell leaking gas but not CO. Gotta have a detector. Everyone with any possible source of CO should have one in their home or building.

    • Johnny Utah

      i bet the fire fighters have sensors attached to their gear or outfits

      • ArlFF

        Good call johnny… A Paramedic Unit was dispatched for a sick person and upon walking into the establishment the CO monitor attached to their EKG Monitor went off… They upgraded the call… We are trained to recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning but a little technology is also very helpful. : )

    • Swag

      No, they divined it.

      (yes with a CO sensor, wtf else would they use?)

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  • WingMan

    It was just me, I ate too many wings at V5……lil gassy

  • TG3oA

    Who beefed?


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