A carbon monoxide leak at a Legal Sea Foods restaurant in Huntington Station, N.Y. led to the death of a manager and the sickening of 27 others who were in the restaurant on Saturday, Feb. 22. The leak was traced back to a faulty water heater in the basement.
The restaurant did not have a carbon monoxide detector. New York State fire codes require them only in establishments where people sleep.
In the wake of the tragedy, Roger Berkowitz, president and CEO of Legal Sea Foods, called for stronger carbon monoxide regulations and promised to take immediate action for this cause.
"The terrible tragedy highlights the inadequacy of the codes for carbon monoxide detectors in commercial spaces. Stronger safety measures must be put in place, and I pledge to be at the forefront of this effort," Berkowitz said in a statement. Story