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Odor from minor fuel spill causes evacuation of West Point Elementary

| Friday, Jan. 30, 2015, 12:26 p.m.

A small fuel spill from a tractor equipped with a snow plow was the source of an odor Friday morning that caused the evacuation of teachers, staff and some students at West Point Elementary School.

“We eventually determined no one was ever in danger after we discovered the source of the odor,” said Superintendent Barbara A. Marin.

“But before it was discovered, we felt it best to evacuate as a precaution. Because students were just beginning to arrive, we decided to keep them on their buses and transport them to nearby Wendover Middle School,” Marin said.

The school district was already operating on a two-hour delay due to the cold weather and snow, so students did not begin arriving by bus until 10:30 to 11 a.m., just after the smell was detected.

“The little bit of fuel happened to be near a HVAC vent outside, but the smell had permeated throughout the school,” Marin said.

She said the students never left the buses and were driven to Wendover, just one-quarter mile away at 425 Arthur Drive.

Parents were notified they could pick up their children at Wendover. Others returned home by bus at the normal time.

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