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Chinese woman and three kids treated for monoxide poisoning

Found living in makeshift quarters in a Tuscan factory

13 December, 18:31
Chinese woman and three kids treated for monoxide poisoning (ANSA) - Florence, December 13 - One woman and three children before dawn on Friday were treated for carbon monoxide poisoning from a faulty heater in what police said was a Chinese-owned garment factory outside Florence that also doubled as illegal, substandard housing for about 50 people, all of them Chinese.

The woman, 37, and the children aged six, eight and 11, were treated and released. First responders to a 2am emergency call found them living in makeshift quarters in what appeared to be a textile factory in the town of Campi Bisenzio.

Some people were still up and appeared to be working, police said. Authorities seized the building for inspection and are looking into the workers' legal status. This follows on the deaths early in December of seven Chinese garment-factory workers, two women and five men, in a blaze that swept through the establishment where they worked and lived in the central city of Prato, also near Florence.

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