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Published October 26, 2009, 08:58 AM

A Jamestown church looks for the source of carbon monoxide leak

Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) - An update tonight on the carbon monoxide scare at a Jamestown church. 30-people were exposed, 5 needed treatment in the Twin Cities, all 5 are now back home. Now church leaders from First Congregational Church are trying to find answers.

By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY

Jamestown, ND (WDAY TV) - An update tonight on the carbon monoxide scare at a Jamestown church. 30-people were exposed, 5 needed treatment in the Twin Cities, all 5 are now back home. Now church leaders from First Congregational Church are trying to find answers.

Leaders from the church are now playing a waiting game. They say the plan is find out the problem and then get things in here back to normal.

“Was it one of the furnaces was it ventilation we don't have any answers.”

Church leaders say as soon as someone can give them an answer to where the poisonous gas leaked from, there will be no need for a meeting, just get it fixed.

“Move forward and really be thankful for the fact that the situation didn't turn out worse than it did because it certainly could have.”

Jim Lester's wife is the church's Pastor. Their daughter was one of the victims taken to Minneapolis.

“That’s where she fell and hit her head.”

Reverend Lester's early alarm and fast action may have been a blessing for the people sleeping in the church that morning. The incident could impact others and save future lives.

“It’s a wake up call for us and other area churches.”

Lester says the church will now have carbon monoxide detectors throughout the building. Church leaders say carbon monoxide detectors are not mandatory in North Dakota.

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