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3 dead from fumes at Canadian mushroom farm

world Updated: Sep 06, 2008 08:57 IST
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Three people are dead and three in a hospital after being overcome by toxic fumes at a mushroom farm in Langley, British Columbia.

Const. Holly Marks of the Langley Royal Canadian Mounted Police says the incident happened on Friday afternoon when a group of workers entered a utility shed at Farmers Fresh Mushrooms Inc. Other workers who came to the men's aid also were overcome.

Two of those hospitalized are in critical condition; the third is stable.

Dozens of firefighters, emergency workers and a hazardous materials team were on the scene on Friday evening and RCMP say it appears the incident is not criminal.

B.C.'s workers' compensation board is investigating.