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By Lauren Hardie

Man overcome by fumes at hog farm near Eyota


ROCHESTER, MN (KTTC-DT) -- Wednesday, we first told you about a man who was reportedly overcome by fumes at a hog farm in rural Olmsted county. By Thursday, we learned that man has died.

It happened at Schoenfelder Farms, near Eyota. 29 year-old Carlos Ramirez-Perez, from Rochester, was found by co-workers in a work room at the farm.
He appeared to have been overcome by fumes in the work space, but all attempts to revive him were unsuccessful. Eyota ambulance took him to Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester where he was pronounced dead.

Air sample tests done by the Eyota Fire Department revealed high levels of carbon dioxide in the area Ramirez-Perez was found, about a 29 per cent concentration.
"Now that is about a hundred times more than it should be. I don't think pigs or people are going to survive very long if that's the case," said Larry Jacobson, a University of Minnesota professor and Agricultural Engineer.

Sgt. Scott Behrns of the Olmsted County Sheriff's Office said at this point they consider it a work place death. "We find nothing to indicate that there was anything suspicious with this death at this time," he said.

OSHA is now involved, but could not comment on this open investigation. The coroner's office has not named an official cause of death.

The owners of Schoenfelder Farms were not available for comment.

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