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  • Days Inn Oceanfront???

    How is this hotel.... My DH made reservations here for a week in July and I read on another forum that is wasn't that nice.... Dirty, etc.....

  • #2
    My husband and I stayed there two years ago in a pool side room. We thought it was pretty nice. The room we were in was a bit small though, because of its location. We were on the ground, and our room was just next to the outdoor bar at the gate to one of the two pools.

    I know we had a clean room too, but that was our experience. Overall, it was a good place to stay. We haven't been there since only because we found a place that's a bit cheaper and just as much to our liking.


    • #3
      We've stayed there before, a couple years ago in July and again for Sunfest weekend. We had an oceanfront room that was very clean and up to date. We loved people watching from the balcony. No complaints.


      • #4
        Stay away from the place...

        There was an article in the harrisburg paper about 2 people dieing from carbon monoxide poisoning there. They had quotes from another women who stayed there the week before and left because it was dirty and they felt unsafe.


        • #5
          Yes, two people died, and the hotel is closed for now:

          OCEAN CITY -- Investigators determined carbon monoxide killed a father and daughter Tuesday at a resort motel, while the mother and daughter have recovered from the poisoning.

          However, the State Fire Marshal's Office still had not pinpointed the source of the leak Wednesday afternoon.

          Kelly Boughter, 10, and her father, Patrick Boughter, 40, of Lebanon, Pa., died due to carbon monoxide intoxication, according to the Medical Examiner's Office in Baltimore, but police refused to release the names of the 36-year-old mother and 7-year-old daughter who survived the incident.

          Ocean City police spokesman Barry Neeb said both had been treated in hyperbaric chambers in Maryland's Shock-Trauma unit and released on Wednesday.

          When dozens of emergency services personnel responded to the Days Inn at 23rd Street for an unknown medical emergency at around 2 p.m. Tuesday, crews quickly realized a gas leak might be responsible, according to Deputy Fire Marshal Dave Hartley.

          Hartley said crews measured significantly high carbon monoxide readings in the motel's basement and in the room where the two deaths occurred, and said the two rooms adjacent to that room had dangerously high readings while readings up to the third floor either above or adjacent to that room had notably high readings.

          Carbon monoxide detectors were not in the rooms, nor are they required by state or town law, said Steve Price, Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company spokesman.

          While the Fire Marshal's Office hasn't identified what led to the high carbon monoxide levels, Hartley said the office is investigating the possibility that emissions from the motel's boiler may have been venting into the affected areas as well as other heat-producing equipment.

          "We're looking at all the equipment that may produce carbon monoxide, but we're not ready to make a determination as to what caused (the leak)," Hartley said, mentioning that washers, dryers, central heating units and hot water heaters could all cause high levels of the gas.

          Days Inn owner Charles "Buddy" Jenkins purchased the motel five years ago and recently added two floors to the building where the deaths occurred, but Hartley said his office did not believe any ventilation issues associated with those new floors were at fault.

          A Days Inn employee said the evacuated motel building that faces the Boardwalk was still empty today and that there was no set date to begin filling the rooms with patrons again.

          Hartley said the Days Inn would not be able to reopen the building until it had checked all carbon monoxide producing equipment and made 100 percent sure it was in working order.

          The carbon monoxide did not seem to affect anyone beyond the Boughter family, however, as Worcester County Health Department Director of Nursing Becky Shockley said it had received no calls from anyone expressing symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, and that any health risk from the gas would have quickly abated after the building was evacuated Tuesday around 2:30 p.m.

          Owners of the Days Inn -- the Boardwalk Hotel Group -- released a two paragraph statement expressing sympathies to those affected by the evacuation and condolences to the Broughter family.

          Some of the evacuated guests in the oceanfront building have had to fend for themselves.

          Doris McGee of Baltimore said she was thrown outside with her 18-month-old baby for hours with no diapers, baby food or answers.

          "They closed the whole section off. We had to find someplace else for ourselves," McGee said. "Only thing the Days Inn said is that we won't charge you for last night and we'll allow you to break from your current stay at no charge.

          "It took hours to get our luggage. They told us it would be a few minutes before we got in, then it was hours, then more hours, and we wanted to get baby formula and diapers," McGee said. "Then (police) demanded we get our stuff and get out and they were banging on the door every five seconds yelling to get out."

          The Days Inn assisted one woman arriving in Ocean City today who had reservations there by placing her in the Howard Johnson that Boardwalk Hotel Group also owns.
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          • #6
            I stayed at the days inn about 4 yrs ago in an effeciency with my parents and my brother and his family....I thought it was one of the nicest,cleanest hotels that i've stayed at....and in the 30 years i've been going there I've spent time at several different hotels.


            • #7
              I guess they have re-opened.... But to do so, per the health dept., they had to install CO2 detectors and smoke alarms in the whole hotel and the basement...
              Still to freaky for me....


              • #8
                Days Inn carbon monoxide leak

                I believe you would use a CO detector for carbon monoxide and a CO2 detector for carbon dioxide. The problem at the Days Inn was reported to be CO, carbon monoxide.

                As reported the hotels are under no requirement by state and local law to install CO detectors. If the health department can require this installation in the Days Inn why not in all OC hotels and condos?

                Did they find the source of the gas leak?

                I would still think twice about visiting this hotel.


                • #9
                  Officials Continue To Probe Carbon Monoxide Tragedy
                  Shawn Soper

                  News Editor

                  07/06/2006 OCEAN CITY – The investigation continues this week into the tragic deaths of two Pennsylvania tourists, who succumbed to carbon monoxide intoxication at a Boardwalk hotel last Tuesday, but the groundwork is already being laid for a multi-level fact-finding mission to ensure it does not happen again.

                  Patrick Boughter, 40, and his daughter Kelly, 10, perished last week at the Days Inn on 22nd Street after carbon monoxide from an as-yet-unidentified source, seeped into their hotel room. Yvonne Boughter and another daughter, Morgan, 7, were transported initially to Atlantic General Hospital before being sent to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where they were treated and released.

                  The first evidence of a potential problem began early in the morning last Tuesday when Yvonne Boughter awoke to find herself, her husband and their two children with various symptoms such as headache, nausea and dizziness around 1 a.m. Yvonne Boughter told a Pennsylvania newspaper last week she first realized something was wrong with her family in the early morning hours and recalls making a call to 911, but it remains uncertain if the call was placed and when.

                  While it remains unclear if and when Boughter made the early morning 911 call, another potential opportunity to avert the tragedy is known to have occurred at around 9:30 a.m., when occupants of two hotel rooms adjacent to the Boughters called 911 reporting similar symptoms. Four people from those rooms were taken to AGH where they were treated and released.

                  It was not until shortly before 2 p.m. on Tuesday when Ocean City Emergency Services, including the police department, the volunteer fire company, paramedics and representatives of the Worcester County Health Department responded en masse to the Days Inn for what was initially characterized as a potential propane gas leak. What emergency officials quickly learned was that a carbon monoxide leak from an unidentified source had caused the death of two individuals and left at least two other extremely ill.

                  The investigation into the source of the fatal carbon monoxide continues this week. Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald said this week no further details about the incident would be released until a thorough investigation has reached its conclusion.

                  “We’re still evaluating and investigating this tragic incident,” said Theobald. “We certainly don’t want to rush to a conclusion. We’ll make sure we have very complete information before we fully disclose the results of our investigation.”

                  While the investigation into the particular incident continues, town officials are already exploring ways to help ensure it doesn’t happen again.

                  Smoke detectors have long been required in public accommodations, but carbon monoxide detectors remain strictly voluntary. The issue of mandating carbon monoxide detectors has surfaced off and on for several years. Just this year, a pair of cross-filed bills in the Maryland General Assembly that would have mandated carbon monoxide detectors under certain conditions failed to make it out of their respective committees, but last week’s tragic incident in Ocean City is providing the impetus for state and local officials to take a closer look at the issue.

                  Delegate Jim Mathias said this week the appropriate local agencies including the Mayor and Council, the Fire Marshal’s Office, Emergency Services, NFPA, the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company and even the Ocean City Chamber of Commerce and Hotel/Motel/Restaurant Association are already putting their collective heads together to determine if there is a plausible solution.

                  “The Fire Marshal’s Office and all of the appropriate agencies and authorities are huddling on this right now,” Mathias said. “The first step, obviously, is to determine what happened with this particular incident, and from that, we can start to determine what preventative measures would be sensible and practical.”

                  Mathias said a practical and reasonable solution would likely emerge from those discussions.

                  “After all of the information is collected and disseminated, we’ll determine what, if any, action is appropriate. It could come in the form of a local ordinance on the town or county level, or it could require some action on the state level.”

                  Mathias said, should the brainstorming sessions determine action on the state level is the best way to address the issue, he would gladly champion the cause in Annapolis if he is elected in November.

                  “I would gladly take the lead on this if it is determined some action on the state level is necessary,” he said. “I’m going to listen to their discovery and we’ve offered any and all assistance we can. If it is determined some action on the state level is appropriate, I would gladly take the lead on that.”

                  Should the multi-agency discussions determine a local approach might be more appropriate in the form of a local ordinance or amendment to the building codes, the Mayor and Council would likely take the lead on the issue.

                  “We are absolutely going to take a close look at this,” said Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan. “It has surfaced before. There was a bill addressing this issue in the General Assembly in this year’s session and I’m not sure what happened to it, but I know we’re going to revisit this. After we put together the sequence of events with this particular situation, we should be able to determine what direction we want to go in with this.”

                  Meehan said Ocean City’s top priority has always been public safety, which is reflected in the town’s building codes, which are among the most stringent in the state.

                  “We take this very seriously,” he said. “We meet or exceed all of the state and federal codes. If there is something we need to do to make Ocean City a safer place, we will obviously do that. Public safety is always our top priority.”

                  Mathias agreed, saying the town, unlike other municipalities, always applies changes in building codes to older buildings.

                  “Ocean City has the distinction of being one of the few, if not the only, municipalities, that considers retrofitted buildings with its ordinances in terms of building codes,” he said. “As a host community with hundreds of older buildings, we have to do it that way. Many places apply changes in building codes to only new construction.”

                  For his part, Theobald said the town’s emergency services department would take an active role in determining what if any action should be taken with regards to carbon monoxide detectors.

                  “Carbon monoxide detectors save lives,” he said. “We’ll learn what we can from this and take any and all action we need to do to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Ocean City considers public safety its number one priority and I’m sure we’ll evaluate what happened with this particular incident and use that information to ensure we are doing everything we can do.”


                  • #10
                    Better Process Needed


                    My thoughts and prayers go out to Mrs. Boughter and Megan. I personally do not know them but was also, on vacation at the Days Inn when they were there.

                    I had two rooms, one floor above them, two rooms over, rooms 216 and 218, ocean front. My family and I were able to leave together, thank God. We also had my 22-month-old grandson with us. I am also grateful that we left on Tuesday morning to visit the wild ponies but when we got back at 1:30 p.m., that is when they pulled up with an ambulance.

                    My point with writing this is: The health department or anyone, for that matter, would not tell us anything. We were just told to leave our rooms, with the clothes on our back. Hours later my husband, three hours away, heard about the deaths on our local news channel and told me to cancel my stay at the hotel. He told me to find another hotel which I did. But during check out and during the wait to get our belongings, not one person told us what kind of symptoms to look for or if we should get checked out. According to the newspaper, the health department said that the reading were still really high on the second and third floor, close to the Boughters' room. And, of course, we were right there. We, all, experienced headaches, were tired and my one daughter was sick to her stomach for two days. Had we known, we would have been at a hospital. Once we returned home, the baby went to the doctor, just to reassure me and he is fine, thank God.

                    I don't know if I should contact the health department and let someone know the lack of help and information that was available for the patrons that may have been exposed. I hope that they get organized and if this should happen again, hopefully they can save a life and ease the others involved.

                    Gail Moreland



                    • #11
                      Questions whirl around gas leak

                      Christine Cullen
                      Staff Writer

                      The investigation into the cause of the carbon monoxide leak that left two people dead in an Ocean City hotel last week continues, as emergency officials work to piece together the events that led to the tragedy.
                      Questions have arisen regarding exactly when the carbon monoxide leak could have been discovered at the Days Inn on 23rd Street, where 40-year-old Patrick Boughter of Lebanon, Pa., and his 10-year-old daughter Kelly died on June 27, but emergency officials will not speculate as to what could have happened until the investigation is complete.

                      When paramedics responded to the 911 call made by Yvonne Boughter, 36, around 2 p.m. last Tuesday and discovered the two bodies, it was not the first time they had been to the hotel that day.

                      Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald said another 911 call came in around 9:30 a.m. from another group of people, who paramedics found with symptoms of nausea and vomiting. The paramedics suspected the flu-like symptoms were caused by a virus, and took the four people to Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin.

                      “The appearance at that point was that they had some type of virus, with flu-like symptoms,” Theobald said, adding he believed that is how they were treated at AGH and why the hospital did not inform the hotel of the possible situation.

                      Yvonne Boughter told The Patriot News in Harrisburg, Pa., that when she and her family became sick around 1 a.m. the night before, she realized something was wrong and called 911. Theobald said he had no information of a 911 call placed from the Boughter’s room that night, and no ambulance was sent to the hotel at that time.

                      A licensed practical nurse, Yvonne Boughter told The Patriot News she “awoke to [Morgan, her seven-year-old daughter] making this horrible screaming noise,” and made the 2:30 p.m. call that brought paramedics and led to the discovery that her husband and other daughter were dead.

                      According to the Environmental Protection Agency website, symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning include headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. “These symptoms are similar to those of the flu, food poisoning, or other illnesses” it reads, and warns anyone experiencing these symptoms to get fresh air immediately and go to an emergency room.

                      “The symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning unfortunately are similar to other types of illnesses, with nausea, vomiting, difficulty breathing and chest pain,” Theobald said. “So the symptoms alone are characteristic of other illnesses as well.”

                      Although the source of the leak has yet to be identified, the carbon monoxide was present in more than just the Boughter’s room at the hotel, Theobald said. Readings were taken throughout the hotel complex, showing varying levels of the deadly gas.

                      Theobald said the city is “turning every stone” in its investigation to find the cause of the leak, and send out condolences to the family that was affected by the tragedy.

                      “This incident was a tragedy, and we want to do everything we can to prevent any situation such as this from ever happening in Ocean City again,” Theobald said. “It’s going to be a thorough investigation, and we’re going to have all the answers when it’s completed.”


                      • #12
                        I've said this on other threads about this situation....there were numerous 911 calls made from the hotel, five other people were taken to the hospital from this hotel and treated (mistakenly) for food poisoning. Never once did anyone become suspicious as to why five people from different rooms in the hotel all became ill with the same symptoms. Not the ambulance personel nor the hospital personel. To me this is the biggest failure and issue. The fact that the people we all rely upon for our care if we become ill in OC don't have the training ,ability , or intelligence to recognize and treat the symptoms of Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Don't just look at the hotel. These other people fell asleep on the job and dropped the ball and it cost two people their lives.
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                        • #13
                          Grain of Salt

                          Diagnosing carbon monixode poisoning is very difficult. Please don't bash on the EMT's who are probably beating themselves up over this incident as it is. Whats done is done and we all need to look ahead to how to prevent this kind of thing from happening again.

                          If anything, we should be pushing the local associations or the Department of Health who last inspected the Days Inn. The root of the problem is the status of the Days Inn. The EMTs were only trying to save lives, lets not forget the lack of up-to-date Carbon monoixde dectors is what CAUSED the problem to begin with.

                          If anyone is to blame its the Days Inn, not the EMTs who were trying to help and save lives.

                          In my very last business class in college my professor once said, "The problem with businesses now-a-days is that they are only treating the symptoms of a much harder to diagnosis internal problem. Doctors don't treat symptoms, they treat virsus ... the root of the infection. When you think you know the problem, stop and think: Is this the actualy problem or is there something much deeper I am not seeing?"

                          Be careful not to look only at the symptoms of a tragedy, but the root cause and how to prevent it in the future.


                          • #14
                            I must disagree with myobeach to a point.....Yes Days in Must take some resoponsibility for the incident....However you would think that when multiple people had the same symptons that the hospital would have tested them for a multi issues and not just food poisioning....With the amounts that the hospitals bill people maybe they should have done a bit more testing on there part also although it seems to be a common complaint with patients that they don't get the care that was required.

                            And I am sure that the hotel was inspected very well after they put there addition on so who is really to it the hotel or is it the department of health for not requiring the carbon monoxide dectors in the hotels,motels,and condos.


                            • #15
                              Here's the latest:

                              Probe Details Mix-Up On Scene of Carbon Monoxide Death
                              Shawn Soper

                              News Editor

                              07/13/2006 OCEAN CITY – Ocean City officials this week announced the results of the two-week investigation into the deaths of two Pennsylvania tourists who perished from carbon monoxide poisoning in their Boardwalk hotel room on June 27, and while the tragedy has been characterized as a terrible accident, there appears to more than enough blame to spread around.

                              “This is a terrible tragedy and I’ve been pondering that for two weeks,” said Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald during a Monday press conference announcing the results of the two-week investigation. “What we’ve found is that we can point the finger in a number of directions.”

                              Patrick Boughter, 40, and his daughter Kelly, 10, perished on June 27 at the Days Inn on 22nd Street after carbon monoxide seeped into their hotel room. Yvonne Boughter, and another daughter, Morgan, 7, were transported initially to Atlantic General Hospital before being sent to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where they were treated and released.

                              Ocean City officials this week held a press conference to announce the results of the two-week investigation. The source of the carbon monoxide leak, which affected the occupants of at least three hotel rooms in the Days Inn and was directly responsible for the deaths of the two Pennsylvania tourists, was an exhaust pipe from the hot water heaters in the basement of the facility, which became dislodged and allowed the dangerous gas to flow into the first-floor hotel rooms.

                              Compounding the already difficult situation was a breakdown in communication at the scene between the three different paramedic units responding to numerous calls for assistance from the Days Inn on the morning of June 27, which ultimately caused emergency responders to miss the victims in room 121 where the Boughters were staying and where two of them ultimately perished.

                              The first 911 call that morning at 9:27 originated from room 125 where two victims complained they were not feeling well and had symptoms such as headache and difficulty breathing. The first paramedic unit arrived on the scene three minutes later at 9:31 a.m. Because there were multiple victims, including at least two more in room 127, where the occupants were related to the victims in Room 125, a second paramedic unit was dispatched at 9:31 a.m. and arrived on the scene at 9:33 a.m.

                              At 9:45 a.m., Yvonne Boughter called 911 from room 121 reporting she and her family were experiencing symptoms consistent with food poisoning. A third paramedic unit was dispatched to the Days Inn at 9:48 a.m., which is when the fateful communication breakdown started.

                              The third paramedic unit arrived at 9:54 a.m. and was directed by the first unit to assist with the victims in rooms 125 and 127. Operating under the assumption the first responders had identified all four victims from rooms 125 and 127, the third unit, nor any of the three units, ever checked on the Boughters’ hotel room, according to Theobald.

                              “Nobody ever went to Room 121,” he said. “No one ever entered Room 121.”

                              Theobald said it remains uncertain exactly when Patrick and Kelly Boughter died, but did acknowledge at least one of them may have been saved if room 121 had been checked.

                              “At least one was still alive at 9:45 a.m.,” he said.

                              Paramedics did respond to the scene when a 911 call was made at 1:54 p.m. reporting four victims, two of which were deceased. The paramedic unit arrived on scene at 1:59 p.m.

                              While the communication breakdown at the scene certainly contributed to the ultimate demise of the two tourists, the dislodged exhaust pipe from the two hot water heaters in the basement was the direct cause. Officials did not know how or when the pipe became dislodged, but what is known is that the malfunctioning pipe pumped extremely lethal levels of carbon monoxide into the firs- floor hotel rooms.

                              Ocean City EMS Division Head Captain Chuck Barton said the carbon monoxide readings in the rooms in question measured 800 parts per million, which is off the charts.

                              “The lethal level depends on the length of exposure and the dose,” he said. “We become concerned when levels reach 30 parts per million.”

                              The June 27 incident was not the first time the Days Inn had a problem with faulty hot water heaters causing carbon monoxide problems for its guests. Just over a year before the June 27 tragedy, Ocean City emergency services responded to the Boardwalk hotel for a complaint about symptoms consistent with carbon monoxide poisoning and the source was identified as faulty hot water heaters in the basement of the facility.

                              “In March 2005, the Fire Company responded to the Days Inn for a victim complaining of carbon monoxide symptoms,” said Theobald. “The problem was traced to the hot water heaters and the property owners replaced those particular water heaters. After the 2005 call, they abandoned those hot water heaters and replaced them with new water heaters.”

                              The new water heaters installed after the March 2005 incident were still in place on the day of the tragic deaths three weeks ago. They have since been replaced by yet another hot water heater system, this time installed on the outside of the building and not in the basement. Town officials said on Monday the make and model of the hot water heaters at the Days Inn – the Munchkin 199 manufactured by Heat Transfer Products Inc. – are also used in several other hotels and motels in the resort.

                              Another one of the problems identified during Monday’s press conference is that carbon monoxide poisoning is not immediately identifiable. The symptoms imitate those associated with several other illnesses and include headache, nausea, dizziness and chest pains, all of which could be diagnosed as something else. In fact, Yvonne Boughter, a nurse, initially reported her family was suffering from symptoms of food poisoning.

                              “Carbon monoxide poisoning does not have specific symptoms,” said Barton. “The symptoms reported by the victims were not unique to carbon monoxide poisoning. Because of that, the problem was not immediately identified.”

                              After identifying several of the contributing factors in the tragedy, town officials appeared resolute in their desire to make sure every step is taken to prevent a similar incident from happening in the future. One of the first steps in that process was to rework the dispatch policy to ensure field personnel acknowledge their specific destinations and the dispatchers reconfirm the information in a sort of checks and balance system.

                              Town officials are also exploring the possibility of implementing an ordinance or some type of legislation mandating the installation of carbon monoxide detectors in hotel and motel rooms. Smoke detectors and now even sprinkler systems are required in public accommodations, but carbon monoxide detectors are not.

                              A bill introduced in the Maryland General Assembly this past session would have mandated carbon monoxide detectors in public accommodations, but it failed to make it out of committee. In the wake of the June 27 tragedy, some sort of legislation or ordinance is likely forthcoming on either the state or local level, according to Ocean City Fire Marshal Sam Villani.

                              “We’re looking at different legislation from around the country,” he said. “There will be a presentation to the Mayor and Council at some point in the near future.”

                              Villani said he could not remember a situation quite like the tragic incident on June 27.

                              “In the 30 or more years I’ve been doing this, I’ve never seen anything like this before,” said Villani.

                              Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan said the immediate focus should be on the family of the victims.

                              “This is a terrible, terrible tragedy and our heartfelt sympathies go out to the family,” said Meehan. “This has been a tough time for all of us in Ocean City.”

                              Beyond that, Meehan said town officials are charged with the responsibility to ensure any and all steps are taken to avoid similar incidents in the future.

                              “Our challenge in this is to find out what happened and ensure it never happens again,” he said.

                              All material copyright 2006 The Maryland Coast Dispatch, Berlin, MD. Questions, comments, contact us at

                              How can a bill that would protect the lifeblood of Ocean City (the vacationers) not make it out of committee? I hate politicians sometimes. Why does it always come down to $$ instead of lives?
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