Gas smell investigated at Monson High School

Students had been directed toward Quarry Hill Community School

MONSON, Mass. (WWLP) – Students at Monson High School started the day Tuesday at the nearby Quarry Hill Community School, due to a gas odor in the high school building.

According to a posting on the Monson Public Schools Facebook page, there was a reported odor of gas on the second floor of the high school shortly before 7:00 A.M. School buses bound for the high school were redirected to the elementary school while Columbia Gas crews checked out the situation.

The gas main was shut off. According to the posting, the issue may have had to do with a gas valve in a science lab.

All students were allowed into the high school at around 7:45 A.M. Principal Bill Metzger told 22News that when they got back inside, they discovered that there was an odor coming from another portion of the building. The students were cleared out again, and the fire department was called, however Metzger said it was determined that odor was caused by the school’s kitchen equipment starting up for the day.

All students are now safely back in class.

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