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3 dead, 4 hospitalized after event in Pittsburgh's trendy South Side Flats. All were wearing orange wrist bands

Sep 22, 2019
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Three people are dead and four hospitalized after police responded to multiple 911 calls in Pittsburgh’s trendy South Side Flats area, authorities said Sunday.

Police earlier confirmed “multiple hospitalizations and deaths” after responding to a medical situation early Sunday.

“All of the victims are wearing orange paper bands on their wrists,” Public Safety Director Wendell Hissrich said in a statement. Police asked for information from anyone who attended or knew about a party or event where guests were given orange wristbands.

Five of the victims were found in an apartment, one in elevator outside the apartment and one on a nearby street, police said. Those hospitalized were conditions ranging from critical to serious, police said.

Few details on the orange wristbands or the cause of the deaths were immediately available. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The incident began about 2 a.m. with a 911 call for an unresponsive man in and apartment building, Hissrich told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.&nbsp;A short time later, another man&nbsp;found semi-conscious on a nearby street was traced back to the same building, where police then found five more victims.” data-reactid=”10″>The incident began about 2 a.m. with a 911 call for an unresponsive man in and apartment building, Hissrich told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. A short time later, another man found semi-conscious on a nearby street was traced back to the same building, where police then found five more victims.

Pittsburgh EMS found no air-quality issues that could endanger the building’s other residents, Hissrich said.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="In a statement released to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a public relations firm representing the South Side City Club Apartments said the victims didn’t live there.” data-reactid=”12″>In a statement released to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a public relations firm representing the South Side City Club Apartments said the victims didn’t live there.

“These were acquaintances of a good standing resident, who apparently was not in the apartment at the time the individuals were found,” the statement said. “It is our understanding that the group had attended an outside event where they may have consumed a toxic substance before returning to the apartment.”

The South Side Flats area includes a bevy of bars, restaurants and eclectic stores. East Carson Street, where the person on the street was found, runs through the heart of the district.

The investigation was continuing.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Pittsburgh South Side Flats: Three dead, 4 hospitalized after event” data-reactid=”16″>This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Pittsburgh South Side Flats: Three dead, 4 hospitalized after event

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