Carbon monoxide suspected in 4 deaths on west side

Holly Fournier and Candice Williams,

Autopsies are scheduled Thursday for four men believed to have died from carbon monoxide poisoning in a tire shop on Detroit's west side, officials said. 

The victims, whose names and ages have not been released, were discovered around 12:50 p.m. Wednesday by a family member at Unlimited Towing & Tires shop on the 8800 block of Fenkell, Deputy Chief Dave Fornell said.

Four people were found dead Wednesday in a building on Detroit's west side, according to the police department.

A generator was found on the site, according to Detroit Police Officer Dan Donakowski.

"(The victims) hadn't been heard from in a period of time," Fornell said. "The relative came and looked in the window, tried calling on the phone and could hear the phone ring. Sensing something was wrong, he kicked in the front door and the victims were lying right there."

Earlier Wednesday, two Detroit Police crime scene services vans sat outside the store along with the Detroit Fire Department. A van from the Wayne County Medical Examiner's office arrived during the evening to take the bodies for autopsies. 

The cause of death remains under investigation but appears to have been carbon monoxide poisoning, Fornell said.

"Homicide is investigating to be sure before they call it," Fornell said. "The police are taking the lead on the investigation."

The autopsies were conducted Thursday, but the cause and manner of death are not yet available, said Ryan Bridges, a spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Fire department and police department vehicles are seen outside Unlimited Towing & Tires at 8833 Fenkell.

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