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Published October 21, 2011, 06:23 PM

Fargo North family almost dies from carbon monoxide poisoning

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A North Fargo family is spending their first hours at home tonight after getting out of the hospital, after carbon monoxide poisoning nearly killed them. They skipped their furnace check up this year, something they say they'll never do again.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- A North Fargo family is spending their first hours at home tonight after getting out of the hospital, after carbon monoxide poisoning nearly killed them. They skipped their furnace check up this year, something they say they'll never do again.

Shirley Shafer is still a little sick, but happy to be back home.

Shafer says, “I was very grateful because you had to have the mask on, with the air blowing, all the time."

Shirley, her husband Al, and son Zach were released from Essentia just hours ago, after battling life-threatening levels of carbon monoxide in their system.

Al says, “cut off between getting up and going under the ground."

It was Thursday morning when Shirley told her daughter Amanda something wasn't right. Three of her family members were all incredibly ill. Amanda had just gotten home so wasn't affected.

Zach says, “couldn’t stay balanced, when I'm walking through the hallways, downstairs cause that's where I sleep, and vomiting..."

Amanda: says," Like the flu but not symptoms."

In an instant, Amanda realized what was wrong.

Amanda says, “I just went to CVS pharmacy up here, up north, and got a carbon monoxide detector."

She rushed them to the hospital. Now, the family is finally feeling back to normal.

Zach says, “a lot better than yesterday morning, I can tell you that."

After all this, the Shafer's are now an advocate for a little, life-saving device.

Shirley says, “make sure you get your alarms in your home, and get your furnace checked as often as you think you need it."

Detectors can be bought at any hardware of home improvement store.

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