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433 children evacuated because of gas leak

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A gas leak caused 433 students to be evacuated from Pine Grove Elementary School this morning. Construction crews near the school struck a two inch gas line around 10 AM. Students were sent to wait across the street and down wind from the gas leak. Caddo Parish school board says it took at least 15 minutes to send alerts to parents about the danger. Calls were sent out an hour later giving the all clear, but dozens of concerned parents still showed to checkout their kids.

"I wouldn't want anything to happen to her," grandmother Cynthia Reed said. "Gas is gas. When I went up there to get my granddaughter, I felt light headed."

SFD's Scott Wolverton says firefighters constantly monitored the area's air for gas and crews worked fast to stop the leak.

"Our goal is to get the kids back into the school and not disrupt their schedules," Wolverton said.

Center Point Energy eventually found a cutoff valve about an hour later, stopping the leak. Wolverton says gas levels were never dangerous inside the school.

"Really, all the monitoring we did, we never really got any combustible levels," Wolverton said. "It was still a safe zone, but just to be safe, we kept the children out."

School board officials says students would've been bused to Green Oaks High School if the leak worsened.

 

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