Probable Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Deaths

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St. Louis County Sheriff's Office News Release

Incident Date:

June 3rd 2017

Incident Time:

0719 hours

Incident Location:

Brookston, MN

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Name: Pamela Smith

Name: Richard Smith


Age: 65

Age: 67


Address: Cloquet, MN

Address: Cloquet, MN


Incident Summary:

On June 3rd, 2017 The St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, the Fond Du Lac Police Department and serval area EMS agencies responded to the call of possible carbon monoxide poisoning of two adults. Both Pamela Smith and Richard Smith were found inside their camper unresponsive. Despite rescue efforts by friends and first responders, both Pamela and Richard were pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of death appears to be carbon monoxide poisoning, but exact cause is under investigation by the Midwest Medical Examiner's Office. The source of the carbon monoxide appears to be a generator that was improperly placed in an unvented storage cabinet below the living space of the camper. The camper was equipped with a carbon monoxide detector that appears to have been working and sounding during the incident.

Assisting Agencies

St. Louis County Sheriff's Office, Fond Du Lac Police Department, Culver First Responders, Arrowhead First Responders, West Brevator First Responders, and Cloquet Fire and Ambulance.

Authority: Sgt. Brandon Silgjord                Date: 06/03/17            Time: 1340 hours

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