PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Multiple people in East Pittsburgh were sickened by carbon monoxide poisoning Thursday afternoon.
Crystal Marshall, who lives in the Prospect Terrace housing complex, said she woke up with a headache Thursday morning.
She said she didn’t think anything of it, until she tried to wake her children up for school.
The children were sluggish and complaining of being dizzy, she said.
That’s when Marshall called 9-1-1.
It turns out the oven had been leaking carbon monoxide fumes and at least eight people were sickened from it.
Marshall said she turned on the oven and opened the door to get some heat in the house, because she hadn’t had heat in about a month.
“The contractor came and at least seen about it,” Marshall said. “Came back and told me he needed a par and it hasn’t been on since then.”
The Allegheny County Housing Authority runs the complex and the police chief said a contractor was working to renovate Marshall’s unit.
“We will do a full investigation,” Police Chief Mike Vogel said. “Determine what occurred here, rectify the problem, make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.”
The housing authority already had a maintenance problem at Marshall’s place, the problem is a missing part in the unit’s heating system.
The authority says it is working with the contractor.
But in the meantime, it has brought in space heaters.
Officials are also checking on other units in the complex to make sure everything is in working order.