Woman, dog unresponsive after carbon monoxide leak at Tampa condo complex

Image: Tampa Fire Rescue
Image: Tampa Fire Rescue

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) — The Tampa Police and Fire Departments have responded to a carbon monoxide alarm at the Cordoba & Beach Park Condos in Tampa Thursday morning.

Image: Tampa Fire Rescue
Image: Tampa Fire Rescue

Tampa police say there was a high amount of carbon monoxide in one condo building — which is located across from West Shore Plaza, off of Kennedy Blvd. Crews went door-to-door, and needed to force entry into two units; One was empty and in the other, a 32-year-old woman and a small dog were found unresponsive.

Firefighters attempted to give both the woman and dog oxygen. The woman was transported to Tampa General Hospital and the small dog is being cared for by a neighbor. Both are expected to survive, police say.

Police say the source of the carbon monoxide was determined to be a car left running in an enclosed garage in the complex.

Police say it’s possible the woman forgot to turn her car off. No foul play is suspected.

Christina Huff never imagined the carbon monoxide detectors she installed 8 months ago would save a life, but early Thursday morning, they did just that.

“They were both going off and they woke me up around 2:30 a.m. so I went outside and it smelled, I don’t want to say like gasoline but it was something that wasn’t right in my garage,” said Huff. “She could have died, I could have died, all my other neighbors could have been seriously hurt. It’s really scary.”

Huff hopes this serves as a life-saving reminder for everyone to invest in a carbon monoxide detector.

“Go to Walmart, go to Walgreen’s and buy one. They are like $10, just put some batteries in them and it could save your life,” Said Huff.

In all, six units were evacuated. Residents were let back in after fire crews ventilated them.

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