- - Thursday, November 22, 2012

MISSOURI

WHEATON — Five people including a child died after a fire broke out early Thursday at an apartment building in southwest Missouri, authorities said.

Chief Bob Lombard of the Wheaton Fire Department told The Associated Press that the fire was reported at about 3:20 a.m. Fire crews arrived within minutes of getting the call and found the victims in two separate units at the building. The fire was fully involved when firefighters arrived from the fire station a few blocks away, Chief Lombard said.

Two adults and the child were found in one apartment and the two other adults were found in a nearby apartment in the eight-story building, he said.


PENNSYLVANIA

49 female prison inmates sickened by carbon monoxide

YORK — Nearly 50 female inmates at a central Pennsylvania prison have been treated for carbon monoxide poisoning.

A statement from York County says five inmates remained hospitalized as of Thursday morning. The remaining 44 have been returned to the York County Prison.

The women fell ill Wednesday evening in a prison dormitory.

Officials say a preliminary investigation indicates the deadly odorless and colorless gas may have come from the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.

That system has been shut down. The county’s statement says carbon monoxide levels have returned to normal.

COLORADO

Retired British pilot killed in plane crash

DENVER — A man killed in a small plane crash east of Denver on Wednesday was a retired British Royal Air Force pilot.

The Denver Post reports that Brian North, of Parker, was flying a replica of the World War I era biplane called a Gipsy Moth when it crashed and caught fire near the Front Range Airport in Adams County.

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