Georgia school evacuated, 31 people taken to hospitals

12:26 PM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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ATLANTA (WXIA) -- Police and rescue crews rushed to Finch Elementary School in Southwest Atlanta Monday morning, where at least 31 people were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes.

The reports came in to 911 at about 8:35 a.m. Monday. The school is located at 1114 Avon Avenue in the Oakland City area.

Fire crews said when they arrived, at least six people had been overcome by the fumes. Three had regained conciousness. Officials said most of the people overcome were from a single classroom at Finch.

Atlanta Public School officials said two teachers were transported to Atlanta Medical Center, and 29 students were taken to Children's Health Care of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding.

School officials said they were evacuating the entire school building as a precaution. Atlanta Public Schools officials said the remaining students from Finch were being bussed to Brown Middle School for the remainder of the school day, but that they are available for release right now.

Atlanta Fire Department Batallion Chief Todd Edwards said that when crews entered the building at Finch Elementary, the carbon monoxide levels -- at 1,700 PPM -- were the highest that they had ever recorded inside a building.

Lieutenant Marian McDaniel, speaking on 11Alive News Monday morning, said Finch is a relatively new school.


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