Hydrogen Gas From A Cafe2Go Box

This run information is from Assistant Chief John Ryan, City of Newburgh Fire Department.  Something to keep in mind when your struggling for a source.

We received a call for a CO detector sounding at 89 Varick Homes tonight, Truck 1 had readings of 30PPM.

The occupant stated she cooked at least 2 hours ago and did not use the stove since then. She also stated she had activated a Cafe 2 Go box.


The warning label on the box says it releases the flammable gas hydrogen and displaces oxygen. Captain Pullar said hydrogen will set off carbon monoxide detectors.

We took the box outside, reset our detectors and placed them on the box again. And it did set off the CO alarms.

More information HERE on the Cafe2Go box.