Friday, April 2, 2010

Georgia: Coweta - Children hospitalized with breathing troubles

April 01, 2010

Coweta County authorities remain unsure what caused three children in the Shoal Creek neighborhood to have breathing difficulties and end up in an Atlanta hospital Wednesday, two of them flown by helicopter ambulance.

The Coweta County Fire Department's Hazardous Materials unit was dispatched to 153 Hazel Ridge Drive, in the neighborhood off Highway 34 East, after receiving reports that three children may have stopped breathing, according to Assistant Fire Chief Todd Moore.

"We don't receive these type of calls every day," said Moore. "From a fire department standpoint, we were initially looking at a possible environmental-type emergency."

Upon their arrival, they found the children conscious and ambulatory. They were immediately placed into awaiting ambulances for further evaluation.

The Haz-Mat crews used air monitors to check the residence for explosive gases and volatile organic compounds but found none, according to the assistant fire chief.

Two of the children were flown by air ambulance to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta hospital while the third child was transported by ground ambulance to the same location, according to Moore.

The incident also remains under investigation by the Coweta County Sheriff's Office.

Sheriff's Major James Yarbrough said Wednesday that sheriff's office officials remain unsure what caused the children's breathing difficulties. No criminal charges have been filed.

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