After father and daughter die, officials warn of carbon monoxide dangers

Author:
Updated:
Original:

The two people who died from carbon monoxide poisoning in their home just outside of Duluth were father and daughter, according to multiple reports

St. Louis County Sheriff's Office revealed Thursday that Michael J. Mechley, 39, and his 11-year-old daughter Charlene died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a camping trailer in the Rice Lake Township, the Fargo Forum reports.

Two of Mechley's other children, Karley, 15, and Noah Mechley, 14, also suffered from carbon monoxide poisoning and were taken to Essentia Health-St Mary's Medical Center in Duluth, before being transferred to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where they remain in critical condition, according to the Star Tribune.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety issued warnings in the wake of the tragedy, saying the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning increases as temperatures drop and people burn more fuel.

They were helped in their appeal by Melissa Griggs, whose daughter died of carbon monoxide poisoning 10 years ago. They urged people across the state to ensure they have a working carbon monoxide alarm installed in their property.

Sheriff's Lt. Jason Lukovsky told the Star Tribune that one of the children had called their grandfather from inside the camper, where the family was living, saying there was a problem with the generator. High levels of carbon monoxide were found when authorities arrived on the scene, and no carbon monoxide detector was present.

Charlene Mechley had been student at the nearby Homecroft Elementary School in Duluth, the Pioneer Press reports, while Karley and Noah attend Duluth East High School and Ordean East Middle School respectively.

Next Up

coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2

Minnesota confirms America's 1st case of Brazil P.1 COVID strain

The strain was found in a Twin Cities metro resident who recently traveled to Brazil.

classroom

Gov. Walz announces education plan aimed at eliminating disparities

The plan covers seven categories, including closing the racial education gap and improving opportunities in rural Minnesota

Tax forms

Charges: Otsego cleaning business underreported sales

An Otsego woman is accused of owing more than $20,500 in sales tax, penalties and interest.

Screen Shot 2020-04-17 at 2.58.26 PM

Walz gives vaccine providers 3-day, 7-day deadlines to use doses

Those that don't use their allocation will be given less in the future.

purse

Border officers seize more than $550K in counterfeit designer goods

The shipments of fake goods were seized on Jan. 22.

Landfill plastic bags

4 Twin Cities landfills seek to expand capacity

This comes as the area's waste-to-energy facilities are operating at capacity.

Marcus Carr

3 of 10 finalists for NCAA's top point guard award have MN ties

Not a bad way to represent the State of... Basketball?

Justice, court

Minnesota grants unconditional pardon to grandmother facing deportation

Gov. Tim Walz says it's the first full pardon granted by the state in 35 years.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota changes vaccine appointment process, here's what to know

Walz also announced plans for a mass vaccination event at Xcel Energy Center.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 25

The latest figures from MDH have been released.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota health leaders say state's vaccine progress better than figures suggest

Minnesota is lagging behind national vaccination rates, but MDH leaders say this is because it's holding 2nd doses in reserve.

Related