Did I really read that an equipment malfunction caused deadly carbon monoxide gas to build up in a University of Buffalo dormitory, sickening students who then had to be hospitalized ["4 treated after gas leak at Buffalo dorm," News, Feb. 19]?

Can it be possible that a dorm where kids sleep every night does not have working CO detectors? These should have warned the students in time before the gas reached dangerous levels.

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People die from carbon monoxide exposure. The students' parents should be livid, and heads should roll for neglecting the safety of their children. I wonder how many dorms at other colleges and universities do not have working smoke and CO alarms.

Joseph Spiegel, Babylon