- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Authorities say about 20 people at a Fargo agricultural plant have been taken to a hospital for carbon monoxide poisoning.

Firefighters and ambulance crews were called to Red River Commodities around 2 p.m. Wednesday. Several employees had complained about headaches and nausea. Responders evaluated 24 employees for exposure and at least 19 were taken to a hospital.

Their conditions were unclear early Thursday.

Investigators measured carbon monoxide levels of up to 300 parts per million. They say a faulty gas heater may have caused the problem in the bird food operations building. The building has been ventilated and the levels of the gas have declined.

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