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Carbon Monoxide From Running Car Ruled Cause of Greenville Deaths

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Courtesy of Thomason Family: William Thomason & Eugenia "Woo" Thomason Courtesy of Thomason Family: William Thomason & Eugenia "Woo" Thomason
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GREENVILLE, S.C. -

Investigators say a Greenville couple died from carbon monoxide poisoning from a car left running in the garage of the home. It happened over the weekend on Crescent Avenue.

"They just had a really unfortunate, tragic accident that involved carbon monoxide," said their son Will Thomason.

Investigators say they think the car was accidentally running in the garage. That's when carbon monoxide seeped inside the home.

Officers performing a welfare check found the couple, Sunday.

The Greenville County Coroner's Office says 76-year-old William Thomason and his wife, 71-year-old Eugenia "Woo" Thomason, later died at the hospital.

An autopsy shows the couple died of anoxic brain injury due to carbon monoxide.

"They were vibrant retirees, living their life and this was something that took them way too early," said son Will Thomason.

Inspectors with the Greenville Fire Department say when it comes to your home you have to watch out for anything that burns gas.

"You want to have your appliances checked, making sure they are hooked up properly and they're being used according to the manufacturer's recommendation," said Inspector Tito Dendy with the Greenville Fire Department.

Dendy says that's why it's important for all homes to have a carbon monoxide detector.

Starting July 1, all newer homes in South Carolina with gas appliances or an attached garage will be required to install one.

The efforts will cost you some cash, but the Thomason family says the investment is worth every dollar.

"I thought I had them and I didn't," said Will. "I'm going to pay the $75 to have them added. It's a no brainer."

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