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Hill Park, Linden Park students sent home after gas leak

Students at two central Mountain schools were sent home early today following a natural gas leak.

The leak was found at 64 Callie Rd., near East 16th, around 9:30 a.m. Union Gas says it hopes to have the leak fixed by 4 p.m.

“The situation is under control,” said Ward 7 councillor Scott Duvall.

After the leak was noticed, Hill Park high school and Linden Park elementary school declared a shelter-in-place situation and all students were kept inside, said a public school board spokesperson.

After further investigation, it was deemed Linden Park students should evacuate and HSR buses were brought in as warming stations, said Rob Faulkner. A decision was then made to send the students to Franklin Road elementary school. They were dismissed at 11:30 a.m.

Hill Park students were sent home around the same time because electricity had to be cut at the school while repairs to the broken gas line were being made.

Union Gas spokesperson Andrea Stass said the leak is being monitored. Only one home was affected, she said, but service for up to 18 customers could be cut off while repairs are being made.

Any customer who is affected will be called by Union Gas, said Stass.

Repairs should be completed by 4 p.m. After that time, service will be returned manually to anyone whose gas had to be shut off.

The cause of the break has not been determined, said Stass.

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