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Residents cleared to re-enter high rise apartment building following CO exposure

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Several people remain hospitalized after falling ill to carbon monoxide exposure at a residential building in East Cleveland.

On Friday, April 4, around 4 p.m., East Cleveland Firefighters were notified of by University Hospitals medical staff of carbon monoxide exposure at the Crystal Towers apartment building located at 16000 Terrace Road.

The medical staff alerted firefighters after several people were seen in the emergency room with similar symptoms from the same location.

Firefighters evacuated all 278 apartments at Crystal Towers and several people were admitted to University Hospitals.  Three are listed in critical condition and four others are stable.  All of those hospitalized are adults.

The family member of one other resident says that she is in the ICU unit at St. Vincent Charity Hospital.

In addition to those hospitalized, a 79-year-old woman, Barbara Kelley, died.

Her cause of death has not been determined.

RTA lent a helping hand by transporting residents from Crystal Towers to the Martin Luther King Civic Center on Shaw Avenue and the Helen S. Brown Senior Citizen Center on Euclid. Red Cross was also on hand to assist them.

Residents were cleared to go back to their apartments around 9 p.m. on Friday evening.

The exact cause of the leak has not been revealed. 

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