SOUTHINGTON - Students and faculty at Kennedy Middle School evacuated the building this morning shortly after it opened due to reports of a possible gas leak.
The town’s fire department responded to the scene at about 9 a.m., according to Capt. Alan Zygmunt. When the department arrived, the building was already being evacuated and students boarded school buses to keep them warm in the frigid weather.
Yankee Gas was also called to the scene, Zygmunt said. All of the gas lines were checked, as were the temporary heaters that are in the school because of the ongoing renovations. The crews, however, were unable to locate a leak and there was no gas found inside the building.
After 50 minutes on the bus, the students and faculty were allowed to return to the building, close to 10 a.m.