One teenager dead, another hospitalized following gas generator mishap

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TEXARKANA — The Bowie County Sheriff’s Office says one teenager has died and another hospitalized after the use of a gas-powered generator indoors on Tuesday evening.

The sheriff’s office says that they received a 911 call at around 10:25 p.m. on Jan. 25 with regards to two unresponsive juveniles located at a residence on Twilight Circle.

The sheriff’s office says that the home was without electricity and was being heated with the help of a gas-powered electric generator.

Texas Department of Public Safety troopers arrived on the scene first and discovered a 16-year-old Hispanic female unresponsive, according to the sheriff’s office. A trooper began CPR and another trooper entered the home to find 13-year-old Micah Franco unresponsive on the living room floor, the sheriff’s office says.

A sheriff’s office deputy arrived on the scene and assisted with CPR, although attempts to review Franco were unsuccessful.

The sheriff’s office says that the 16-year-old female was transported to Wadley Hospital and later transferred to Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

There are no indications of foul play, according to the sheriff’s office, and an investigator from the sheriff’s office has ordered an autopsy to determine the cause of death for Franco.

The sheriff’s office believes that carbon monoxide poisoning may have been the cause of the death of one teenager and the hospitalization of another.

Gas and diesel generators are not safe for indoor use, the sheriff’s office says.