Gas leak prompts evacuation of Germantown Hills Elementary School

By Mark Bullion

September 27, 2013 Updated Sep 27, 2013 at 6:49 PM CDT

GERMANTOWN HILLS, Ill. -- Around 200 students at Germantown Hills Elementary were evacuated Friday morning after a gas leak was reported at the school.

Superintendent Dan Mair said staff members reported the smell of gas around 8:15 a.m.

The Fire Department and Ameren Illinois responded to the scene and ordered an evacuation of the school.

Students were taken to Germantown Hills Middle School while authorities assessed the situation.

The superintendent credits staff members for their swift action to protect students.

"I was very proud of the way the students and staff handled the evacuation. It went seamlessly," Mair said. "Ironically, we we're doing a couple drills next week of this type, so they've got a little extra practice on them."

Authorities did discover a very small leak which they said posed no threat to student safety.

The gas was turned off as a precautionary measure while authorities fixed the leak.

Students were brought back to the school before 11 a.m.

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