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Old 01-05-2013, 04:50 PM
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The woman, who has not been named, lit the barbecue in the family kitchen before leaving the house in east London.
Her three-year-old granddaughter collapsed when she was overcome by the deadly gas later that afternoon and was treated in hospital with five of her relatives.
They included two boys aged two and 10 months, a four-year-old girl and the woman's two daughters-in-law, aged 26 and 29.
Firefighters were called to the house in East Ham, east London, on Wednesday afternoon, soon after the grandmother set up her makeshift launderette.
A spokesman for London Fire Brigade said the elderly woman carried the barbecue in from her garden at around 3pm and placed it near the back door to speed up the drying of clothes which she hung out around the kitchen.

She then walked out, leaving her daughters-in-law in the house with her grandchildren, two of whom were asleep upstairs.
One adult began to feel unwell before the little girl collapsed.
All six have now been discharged from hospital.
Fire chiefs branded the grandmother's behaviour dangerous and campaigners warned of the hazards of bringing barbecues indoors.
Dave Brown, of London Fire Brigade, said: "In my 28-year career I have never heard of anybody using a barbecue to dry clothes let alone using one indoors.
"Never, ever bring a lit or smouldering barbecue indoors. Not only is it a serious fire risk but it also emits carbon monoxide (CO) which is a poisonous gas that can kill or seriously injure."
Christine McGourty, of the Carbon Monoxide – Be Alarmed! campaign, said: "Using a barbecue indoors is always dangerous, but carbon monoxide poisoning is usually caused by faulty or poorly maintained fuel appliances, such as boilers, ovens and fires. We'd urge everyone to get an alarm and make sure their family is safe."
Earlier last year, six-year-old Isabelle Harris, from Gosport, Hampshire, died after her parents brought a disposable barbecue into their tent to keep warm during a break in the New Forest in April.
The schoolgirl was one of a number of campers killed by the gas last year.
Hannah Thomas-Jones, 14, from Handforth, in Cheshire, died after suffering a cardiac arrest, thought to have been caused by a disposable barbecue, at a Shropshire campsite in May.
Nicholas Holmes, 22, died of CO poisoning after cooking burgers in his camper van in the New Forest, Hampshire.
The Department of Health believes 50 people are killed by the gas each year, while at least 4,000 are treated in hospital.
But this figure is likely to be much higher because of difficulties surrounding the diagnosis of CO poisoning.
Symptoms are often similar to common illnesses like flu and food poisoning.

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i would have thought they'd of known better than that....

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Re: Children Poisoned by Fumes After Barbecue Used to Dry Clothes

how stupid someone can be.

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Re: Children Poisoned by Fumes After Barbecue Used to Dry Clothes

Didn't know they had rednecks in London

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Re: Children Poisoned by Fumes After Barbecue Used to Dry Clothes

My friend Angela says every culture has their rednecks (and ngrs)

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My friend Angela says every culture has their rednecks (and ngrs)
next time you see your friend "angela" in the mirror, tell her she may have a point.

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It's bad enough the old lady was dumb enough to do this, but how did the two adults she left in the house not realize this was dangerous?

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i would have thought they'd of known better than that....

There is no such thing as, "common sense." A psychologist and myself wondered why it is called that.

Not too many surprises at the stupidity of people you would think should have known better!

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East Ham - it's like Delhi there

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