published Wednesday, February 16th, 2011

Gym evacuated at East Ridge Middle

The gymnasium at East Ridge Middle School was closed for several hours today after a methane gas leak was discovered, officials said.

After a pump stopped working, sewer gas escaped to the roof, where the heating and air-conditioning system pulled the gas back into the gym, said Hamilton County Schools spokeswoman Danielle Clark.

Maintenance crews fixed the pump and will continue to monitor the situation in the nearly 50-year-old building, Clark said.

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