Motel guest reports asphyxiation by gas |

Motel guest reports asphyxiation by gas

Gregory Crofton

She went in and out of consciousness twice before she could get to the manager’s office and report her nausea and dizziness.

Friday morning South Lake Tahoe Fire Department determined a wall heater at Tahoe Budget Inn on Emerald Bay Road had been leaking carbon monoxide gas into the woman’s room.

Paramedics transported the 23-year-old San Francisco woman to Barton Memorial Hospital just before 8 a.m. She was treated and released by 1 p.m.

Captain John Lilygren said the wall heater in the woman’s motel room was faulty and heaters in three other rooms also were faulty.

A representative of Tahoe Budget Inn said Sunday night that 16 of its 20 units are still open for business.

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