- Associated Press - Saturday, March 26, 2016

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - A faulty boiler exhaust pipe is to blame for the deaths of four people in a Wilmington apartment complex, apartment management informed residents Saturday.

A New Castle County police investigation was continuing and a cause had not been determined, a spokesman, Cpl. Tom Jackson, said.

Police had previously said emergency responders detected elevated levels of carbon monoxide when they arrived Friday at the Evergreen at Riverfront Heights complex. They have cited a possible “environmental issue” as a possible cause of the deaths.

The dead, found in two units, were identified by police as Carl Dunfee, 60, Veronica Mousely, 58, Andrew Spanakos, 72, and Nancy Uniacke, 56.

Five adults and three children who became ill were also hospitalized. All but one had been released by Saturday, media reports said.

Apartment management posted signs informing residents that heat and hot water had been turned off so the exhaust pipes could be replaced, the media reports said.

“The cause of the tragedy appears to have been with the boiler exhaust pipe in Building G,” Evergreen Apartment Group said in posted statements.

The statements said that Building G’s boiler had been inspected by the state as scheduled and passed the inspection.

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