Franklin Ave. Elementary Briefly Evacuated Due to 'Odor of Gas'

Franklin Avenue Elementary School in Pearl River was briefly evacuated late Thursday morning due to the smell of gas in the school kitchen.

According to a release from the Pearl River School District, the fire alarm was activated and the school was evacuated as detailed in the district safety plan. The children walked over to nearby Pearl River Public Library while the fire department and Orange & Rockland investigated.

The source of the odor was a pilot light being out on the kitchen stove. The building was cleared for students and staff to return within 20 minutes and everybody was back in school before noon. 


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