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Gas leak closes Pasadena elementary school

Pasadena’s Willard Elementary School was closed Friday morning and parents were encouraged to pick up their children after officials discovered a significant gas leak in the basement area.

When school officials began arriving Friday morning, they noticed a “heavy odor of gas coming from the basement,” said Lisa Derderian, Pasadena Fire Department emergency coordinator.

Authorities were notified around 7:45 a.m., by which time about a third of the 750 students were already at the school, Derderian said. Students were sheltered in the cafeteria and library until parents could be notified to pick them up.

By 9 a.m., fewer than 100 students were at the campus and officials were considering relocating them to a middle school across the street.

Derderian said a utility company crew was working on the leak at the campus at 301 S. Madre Street. No injuries were reported.


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I was at Pasadena City College yesterday, 2 1/2 miles away and I smelled gas there. Hope its not a coincidence.

Hamilton Elementary had last week also a gas odor problem. Kids were held back for a while in the patio, but the school was not evacuated.


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