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Man dies Friday after being found in Beaumont apartment with running generator

Police were called to a garage apartment in the 700 block of Seventh Street in Beaumont on Friday afternoon due to an unresponsive man.

BEAUMONT, Texas — A man has died after being found in a Beaumont apartment with a running generator on Friday.

Police were called to a garage apartment in the 700 block of Seventh Street in Beaumont on Friday afternoon due to an unresponsive man according to Jefferson County Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Ben Collins Sr.

The man was found inside the garage apartment with the running generator Collins said.

Officials in Port Arthur and Jefferson County are asking people to be careful using generators during power outages caused by Hurricane Laura and to never use them indoors following another deadly incident earlier in the day.

The man's name is being withheld pending notification of his family according to Collins.

Justice of the Peace Collins has ordered an autopsy in the case.

Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas, which can cause sudden illness and death and is produced any time a fossil fuel is burned, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Earlier Friday three people  died and three others were sent to a Southeast Texas hospital following carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a generator in Port Arthur.

Port Arthur Police responded to the Bida Vinh game room in the 700 block of Ninth Avenue Friday morning, August 28, Jefferson County Precinct 7 Justice of the Peace Brad Burnett said.

Three shrimpers who were seeking shelter from Hurricane Laura were confirmed to have died, according to Burnett. 

A generator was being used inside the building, he said.

Three other people were taken to the Medical Center of Southeast Texas by ambulance, according to a spokesperson for the hospital. 

An autopsy was ordered for the three victims, Burnett said. 

The Medical Center of Southeast Texas tells 12News that 21 people were hospitalized in their Mid-County facility alone due to carbon monoxide poisoning over the past 24 hours. All were released except for a child, who was airlifted to a Houston hospital.

We are told there were at lest two major carbon monoxide incidents in Port Neches. 

In 2017, there were 52 incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning resulting in 69 deaths involving generators, according to a report from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

One of the incidents involved two generators and one involved possibly up to three generators, the report said.

Nearly 15 years ago in September 2005, two adults and three children were killed in a north Beaumont apartment after a generator was used in the apartment two days after Hurricane Rita struck Southeast Texas.

RELATED: Here are some generator safety tips for hurricane season

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