The resident of a home in Amarillo, Texas purchased a black market, poisonous gas to “get rid of mice” and sprayed the chemical under the house. The fumes killed four children and hospitalized six other residents of the home.
A fire crew responded to a call from the home at 5 a.m., and originally thought it was a carbon monoxide poisoning incident after a visitor to the house found everyone sick and dialed 911.
Amarillo Fire Department Lieutenant Josh Whitney told local news station News Channel 10, “A person who lived at the Amarillo, Texas address allegedly purchased the Aluminum Phosphide chemical, which is purchasable only with a special license, on the black market. The toxic gas was applied on Sunday, and it would have festered in the house overnight.”
One child died at the scene and three others died at an area hospital.
The other four children in the home, along with their father, are in stable condition. The mother, who is in serious condition, is being treated at a hospital in Lubbock.
The four children who died range in age from seven years through seventeen years. They are siblings Felipe Balderas, 7; Johnnie Balderas, 9; Josue Balderas, 11; and Yasmeen Balderas, 17.
The ten first responders at the scene were taken to a hospital as a precautionary measure, but none displayed signs of illness.
Responders worked throughout the day to clear the area and the home is now sealed off.
H/T: Daily Mail
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