Three Americans have been found dead from carbon monoxide poisoning at an Airbnb in Mexico City, an official says



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Three Americans died of carbon monoxide poisoning while staying in a rented apartment in Mexico City, according to the city’s attorney general.

The office opened an investigation on October 30, it said, investigating “the death of three foreigners, caused by possible poisoning by gas inhalation inside an apartment in La Rosita, Cuajimalpa de Morelos.” Investigations by experts indicate that the gas was carbon monoxide, the state prosecutor’s office said in a statement on Tuesday.

After detecting a strong odor of gas in the apartment, apartment complex security guards requested backup from local authorities, the statement said, and arriving agents found the bodies of a woman and two men.

Paramedics determined they were pronounced dead at the scene, the report said. The State Prosecutor’s Office has ordered an investigation.

The three Americans have not yet been identified. The U.S. Embassy confirmed the deaths to CNN affiliate WDSU, saying, “We are closely following the local authorities’ investigation into the cause of death.” We are ready to provide all appropriate consular assistance. Out of respect for the families’ privacy, we have nothing more to add at this time.”

Airbnb called the deaths a “terrible tragedy” and said it was ready to help with any inquiries.

“Our thoughts are with the families and loved ones as they mourn such an unimaginable loss. Our priority right now is to support those affected as authorities investigate what happened,” the online home rental company said in a statement.

News of the deaths comes just months after reports that three Americans died of carbon monoxide poisoning at the Sandals resort on Great Exuma Island in the Bahamas.

Two couples reported feeling ill on the night of May 5 and were seen by medical staff, according to Bahamian police.

The next day, Michael Phillips, 68, and his wife, Robbie Phillips, 65, of Tennessee, and Vincent Paul Chiarella, 64, of Florida, were found dead in their homes. Chiarella’s wife, Donnis, 65, was airlifted to the capital, Nassau, for further treatment before being flown to Florida.

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