Did overcrowding contribute to carbon monoxide deaths?

One question about the recent carbon monoxide deaths in Pikesville: Isn't there any kind of legal limit to how many people can occupy a given residential property? ("County officials investigate Pikesville carbon monoxide deaths," Dec. 13.) There is certainly a legal number of people the fire marshal allows in schools, churches, commercial spaces, etc. Ten people were living in that house. Four people were living in the basement alone! This kind of overcrowding presents the potential for great loss of life in an emergency.

Aren't Baltimore County authorities concerned with the safety of people where they live? Are private homeowners allowed to take in an unlimited number of tenants? Don't residences have to be zoned to take in renters? The county needs to look in to this matter before more people die living in a packed house!

Michelle Alston, Baltimore

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