Carbon monoxide leak detected again at Dickey Hill school

Six students complain of illness, 40 others possibly exposed, city fire officials say

February 15, 2011|By Yeganeh June Torbati, The Baltimore Sun

Six students were complaining of illness and 40 other people were possibly exposed to carbon monoxide after a leak Tuesday morning at Dickey Hill Elementary/Middle School, Baltimore fire officials said.

The leak was detected in the cafeteria, fire spokesman Chief Kevin Cartwright said, and the school was closed for the day. Staff was reporting to Windsor Hills Elementary/Middle School, said Edie House-Foster, a city schools spokeswoman.

Fire union officials announced the leak just after 8 a.m. via their Twitter account.

The same school, in Southwest Baltimore's Wakefield neighborhood, was the site of another carbon monoxide leak a week ago. Six people — five adults and one child — were hospitalized as a precautionary measure in that incident, which also canceled classes for the day.

Officials from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. were at Dickey Hill investigating the leak Tuesday morning, said Linda Foy, a spokeswoman for the utility.

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