On February 23, at 4:32 p.m. the Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department received a report of an unknown medical issue at N26765 Rainey Valley Road, Arcadia. A police officer and fire department member arrived on scene and made contact at the residence. All occupants were sick from carbon monoxide poisoning. Some were unconscious. Three helicopters and five ambulances were dispatched. The initial responding officer was overcome with carbon monoxide and was treated and released at a local hospital. Two ambulance personnel were also treated and released at a local hospital after the incident. In total, thirteen people had to be medically treated due to this incident. All subjects involved are alive and have either been released from medical care or will be in the near future. Initial investigation indicates the occupants were utilizing a charcoal grill in the kitchen area for heating purposes.
Agencies involved were the Arcadia Police Department, Tri-County Ambulance, Trempealeau County Sheriff’s Department, Wisconsin State Patrol, Trempealeau Police Department, Arcadia First Responders, Arcadia Fire Department, Arcadia Ambulance Service, Mayo One helicopter, Sprint Air helicopter, and Med Link helicopter.
Names of the persons involved are: Eucario Hernandez, 31; Maria Rojas, 27; Veronica Ortez-Cruz, 18; Hildeberto Hernandez, 19; Cipriano Cruz, 40; Cipriano Cruz II, 8; Rosio Cruz, 13; Devin Hernandez, 10 months; Abraham Montiel, 31; and Luz Estrella Hernandez, age unknown.
The incident is under investigation.