6 taken to hospital as precaution after carbon monoxide scare at Pickerington school


    Firefighters were called to Ridgeview Junior High in Pickerington after a hot water tank in the boiler room malfunctioned, creating an odor (WSYX/WTTE)<p>{/p}

    An issue with a hot water tank at Ridgeview Junior High School led to firefighters responding to the school and several people taken to be checked out at a hospital.

    School officials say an odor in a back room was detected, and it was determined it was coming from the hot water tank in the boiler room of the school.

    "They had a motor that went out on the exhaust system of their hot water heater which ended up allowing unburned fuel if you will, inside of the building," said Violet Township Battalion Chief Kenn Taylor. "So, it put off some carbon monoxide."

    The fire department was called to come check the situation when maintenance discovered it wasn't working properly, and the affected area was evacuated.

    "We found that two of the custodians had a slightly elevated CO level and they were both experiencing some headaches," said Taylor.

    The fire department checked all rooms and hallways for carbon monoxide, and were found to be safe. Very small levels of CO were released from the incident, according to Taylor.

    Four adults and two students who were exposed while they investigated the cause were taken to the hospital to be evaluated as a precaution. No students were showing any symptoms, according to the school.

    The school emailed parents to let them know what happened and classes went on as normal. One student said he didn't even know what happened until his dad picked him up from school.

    "I was in my class and I saw firefighters walking and, I was thinking maybe it was just a regular check, and nothing was said at all," said student Logan Horton. "I walked out of the school and saw a bunch of firetrucks and I was wondering what in the world was going on."

    Classes will remain on a normal schedule Wednesday.

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