Grandmother dead, 5-year-old critical after carbon monoxide poisoning

GARY, Ind. — A grandmother is dead and a 5-year-old girl is in critical condition after they apparently suffered carbon monoxide poisoning in northwestern Indiana.

Gary Fire Department spokesman Mark Jones says crews responded Wednesday afternoon to a home on the city's west side and found an oven was on. He says firefighters discovered high carbon monoxide readings and found two people in cardiac arrest.

The woman was pronounced dead at a hospital. The child was airlifted to Comer Children's Hospital in Chicago.

Jones says the oven was apparently being used to help heat the home. The TV station reports, however, that the home had furnace problems that were being repaired.

Names weren't immediately released.

It is unknown if there was a working carbon monoxide detector inside the home.