Dubai: Woman, dog die in villa after tenant turns on generator

The victims were gradually paralysed after inhaling carbon monoxide gas from the generator



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Afkar Ali Ahmed

Published: Mon 23 May 2022, 12:40 PM

Last updated: Mon 30 May 2022, 1:57 PM

A woman and her dog were found dead in a villa in Al Barsha after inhaling carbon monoxide, Dubai Police said.

The victim was living in a rented out portion of a larger villa, which was meant to accommodate a single family.

"A report was received by the Operations Room in Al Barsha about the killing of a woman and her dog and the injury of her Filipino friend, and that they live in a small part of one of the villas rented by an Asian person, and there is more than one family in the villa," Colonel Makki Salman Ahmed Salman, Director of the Crime Scene Department said.

The victim's friend said that she suspected food poisoning from a place they ate the previous night. The dog had also been fed the same food.

However, further investigations revealed that it wasn't the cause of death. Forensic reports said that the inhalation of carbon monoxide paralysed caused their demise.

The police later found a covered electric generator used by the main tenant. The generator was being used after authorities cut off the electricity of the house as more than one family was living in the villa.

When the police turned on the generator, smoke filled the hallways and rooms within minutes.

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Carbon monoxide, which medical encyclopedias have defined as a “silent killer,” is a poisonous gas. It is colorless, odorless, and tasteless, and leads to death if exposed to it for a long period of time. It can suffocate a person in a poorly ventilated area. It enters the body through the respiratory system and reaches the blood, where it binds to haemoglobin molecules found in red blood cells, preventing them from binding with oxygen, Salman said.

He also said that the victims were gradually paralysed because of inhaling carbon monoxide gas. However, the Filipina lady managed to escape as her bed wasn't as close to the generator.

Salman warned residents of failing to adhere to health and safety procedures for generators. He urged them to take caution and inspect devices that work inside the house, such as generators, and maintain them periodically.


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