METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A man using a generator to bring electricity into his powerless home after Thursday's nor'easter has died.

The Eagle Tribune reports 55-year-old Joseph Sholik was running two gasoline-powered generators in his basement when he was found unconscious Friday by his wife.

Sholik was taken to Holy Family Hospital and airlifted to Massachusetts General Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police suspect his cause of death to be carbon monoxide poisoning, although his autopsy is still being completed.

Methuen police Sgt. James Moore says both generators were "improperly vented" and residents should not have a generator in their houses or garages.

Nearly 54,000 households and businesses are without power Saturday morning after two nor'easters pounded Massachusetts in a single week.


Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.),