Gas leak prompts Mount View evacuation

By Fran Gonzalez | Oct 10, 2019
Photo by: Fran Gonzalez Emergency personnel converge on the Mount View Elementary and Middle School side of the Regional School Unit 3 complex to investigate a propane leak Oct. 10.

Thorndike — Mount View schools complex was evacuated this morning when staff arriving at the school detected an odor of propane.

One witness said the odor came from a middle school science lab before students arrived for the day.

Students were kept on school buses while emergency personnel investigated the possible leak. An email from Superintendent Charles Brown to parents read, "As a precaution, the complex was evacuated. All students and staff are safely out of the building."

According to Waldo County Sheriff's Office, it was determine that the smell in the classroom was a small amount of gas released from a valve on one of the science lab tables. Opening of the elementary, middle and high schools was delayed briefly so school and fire personnel could relight the gas pilot lights in the kitchen.

At 9:15 a.m., students and staff were allowed back inside the buildings.

Chief Deputy Jason Trundy of Waldo County Sheriff's Office said in a press release, "We want to thank everyone, especially the parents and loved ones of the students, for their patience during what we know is a stressful situation. The great working relationship between law enforcement, fire and school personnel resulted in the speedy resolution to the situation while maintaining the safety of all the students and staff."

Freedom Fire, Thorndike Fire, Unity Fire and Ambulance, and Waldo County Sheriff's deputies, along with gas company personnel, responded.

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