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Firefighters: Suspected CO leak believed to have started in apartment's HVAC system

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Crystal Towers, East Cleveland Crystal Towers, East Cleveland
EAST CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A private contractor inspected the Crystal Towers high rise helping to locate the source of Friday's carbon monoxide leak which forced the evacuation of nearly 500 tenants including Betty Owens who is still shaken from the incident.

"I am still scared to go to sleep at night when I turn the heat on," says Owens.

The building is owned by a company called K&D who has made no statement about the leak that sent 11 people to the hospital including resident Serena Johnson. "My daughter was there and she crawled to the phone and saved our lives." 

The body of Barbara Kelly, 79, was also pulled from the building, but the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has not yet ruled on the cause of her death.

There is still no word on what caused the leaks but the East Cleveland Fire Department reports Crystal Tower has or will install carbon monoxide detectors in all of the building's apartments. 

Firefighters tell 19 Action News they feel confident the leak came from somewhere in the building's HVAC system.

This isn't the first time Crystal Towers has had problems. In 1993, according to a published report, a technician was crushed to death by an elevator. Even more sadly, last January a child was killed after he fell out of a 17th story window.

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