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Officers, others sent to hospital after touching unknown substance at Brooklyn club

Six people, including two police officers, were taken to the hospital early Friday morning after coming into contact with an unknown substance at a Brooklyn night club.

Police were called to Roxy’s Exotic Club on Madison Avenue just before 3 a.m., according to Brooklyn Police Lt. Antonio White.

Two officers arrived at the club to find three people unconscious inside the building, White said. Those three people and the two officers were taken to the hospital.

"We had multiple pedestrians go down, they couldn't breathe," White said. "One of them was given CPR and after receiving CPR one of the officers went down as well. He was rushed to the hospital, there was a second officer on scene and he got rushed to the hospital."

He said an EMT worker was also taken to the hospital.

Mike Ocello, the Chief Operating Officer of the group that owns Roxy's, said two guests and an employee collapsed of an apparent drug overdose.

A search of the club by police turned up no residue, but Ocello said "in an abundance of caution" professional cleaners would come in to clean the club. He speculated the cleanup would cost thousands of dollars, though he was in process of collecting bids on Friday morning.

Ocello also said he expected Roxy's would be closed all weekend.

"We were hoping it wouldn't be but we need to make sure we do this right," Ocello said.

All six people are expected to survive, White said. He added that as of Friday morning police did not know how many people were in the club at the time officers responded to the area.

Illinois State Police will continue to investigate.

People were evacuated from the building, which was then quarantined as a hazmat team was called to respond.

Hazmat collected evidence from a Brooklyn patrol car outside the club, from the parking lot across from the club and inside the club itself. White said he did not how long it would take to test the substance and determine what it was.

"This has never happened," White said. "This is the first time it's happened, especially in the Village of Brooklyn. Brooklyn is a safe area where you can come and enjoy yourself and go back. I pray that every one that went to the hospital is OK and they make it back to their families."

Dana Rieck: 618-239-2642, @ByDanaRieck
Beth Hundsdorfer contributed to this report.
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