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High level of carbon monoxide reported at Commerce City restaurant, two employees hospitalized

Posted at 11:19 AM, Oct 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-18 14:07:08-04

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — High levels of carbon monoxide were reported at Chihua's Menuderia y Taqueria in Commerce City after at least two employees fell ill Friday morning, the restaurant owner said.

Cesar Meraz and Brenda Gallegos own the restaurant, which is located at 6185 E. 72nd Ave.

Meraz said he received a call Friday morning from a cook at the restaurant who reported feeling dizzy and getting sick. When the owner arrived at the restaurant, emergency crews were already at the scene.

He learned that before he arrived, a customer had called 911 because a waitress was becoming sick and collapsed.

Both the waitress and the cook were transported to a hospital and will be OK, Meraz said.

He said he was told there was a buildup of high levels of Colorado in the taqueria, but not in the surrounding businesses. The restaurant and nearby businesses were all evacuated.

Xcel Energy was called and is working to address the venting issue.

The South Adams County Fire Department said they received the call at 9:13 a.m. Friday and confirmed two people were transported to a hospital.