CHICAGO (CBS) — More than 100 students and several faculty members were taken to hospitals for precautionary reasons Thursday morning, after a carbon monoxide leak at a South Chicago neighborhood elementary school.
Horace Mann Elementary School, 8050 S. Chappel Av., was evacuated around 8:30 a.m. after carbon monoxide detectors in the building went off, according to the Chicago Fire Department.
Fire officials said the leak appeared to come from the school’s heating system, which has been shut off.
Chicago Public Schools officials said 104 students and 7 staff were taken to various hospitals for precautionary reasons. Fire Department officials said all of the patients were in “very good” condition.
“The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to the district. We are in contact with parents of affected students, and we will work with the Fire Department to get to the bottom of what happened today,” CPS spokeswoman Emily Bittner said in an email.
It was at least the third time this school year that a Chicago public school has had a carbon monoxide incident.