Eleven people -- including five children -- were hospitalized Sunday after a carbon monoxide leak at a Bay Shore apartment building, fire officials said.
Bay Shore Fire Chief John Ippolito Jr. said the department received a call shortly after 11:30 a.m. reporting a carbon monoxide detector going off inside a unit at the Stone Water Gardens apartment complex on Howells Road.
When firefighters surveyed the apartment complex "our [carbon monoxide] meters jumped up," beyond normal levels, Ippolito said.
Firefighters from Bay Shore, Islip, Brentwood and North Babylon evacuated 30 residents from the building -- six adults and five children displayed signs of carbon monoxide poisoning, and were taken to area hospitals with nonlife-threatening conditions such as nausea and headaches, Ippolito said.
"They're very lucky, it could've been a bad Father's Day for many people," Ippolito said of the initial detector going off.
Investigators said the leak came from a basement boiler. Firefighters worked for more than two hours to clear the building of carbon monoxide using smoke-ejector fans, Ippolito said. Residents were allowed to return shortly after 2 p.m.