Apartment building evacuated due to CO leak in Bay Shore

Residents have been evacuated from a Bay Shore apartment building after an apparent carbon monoxide leak. The incident happened on South Clinton Avenue.

The building has now been shuttered by the town. The Red Cross is assisting displaced residents.

The building has now been shuttered by the town. The Red Cross is assisting displaced residents. (2/7/15)

BAY SHORE - Residents of an apartment building in Bay Shore were evacuated Saturday due to elevated levels of carbon monoxide, and Islip town officials have now shut down the building due to code violations.

The building located at 41 S. Clinton Ave. is an old home that was converted into apartments. Town officials say it is home to 15 tenants, and they say the poisonous gas was detected Saturday by coincidence.

A resident called the town because of an issue involving a car blocking an entrance to the building. A fire marshal entered the structure equipped with a carbon monoxide detector and found elevated levels of the odorless, poisonous gas.

The building was evacuated, and three residents were treated at the scene for carbon monoxide exposure.

Islip Town Councilman Steve Flotteron says tenants told investigators that they have been leaving their stoves on because they did not have access to heat. The building was already facing at least a dozen code violations, Flotteron adds.

Residents who spoke with News 12 listed other problems at the building, including frozen pipes, crumbling ceilings and broken ovens.

The building has now been shuttered by the town. The Red Cross is assisting displaced residents.

News 12 attempted to contact the building's landlord for comment, but did not receive a response.

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