ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Rochester Fire Department was called to the Gingerbread House Bakery on North Broadway Saturday morning just before 10:00 a.m. after employees reported symptoms consistent with carbon monoxide exposure.
Crews were originally called for an employee who had collapsed. According to Battalion Chief Chris Bailey, once they arrived on scene, three other employees reported feeling sick or having headaches. At that point, the building was evacuated and crews used gas monitors which detected elevated CO levels. The gas monitor to the building was shut off and crews began ventilating. Bailey doesn’t believe there were any customers present at the time.
One person was transported to St. Mary’s hospital for further evaluation.
The gas company was called and an investigation into the source is ongoing. Temporary heating units are being used to allow the business to stay open until gas service can be restored.