Elementary school closed indefinitely due to unexplained smell

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Admiral King Elementary School

LORAIN, Ohio — Admiral King Elementary School in Lorain is closed indefinitely as the district tries to determine what is causing an unexplained odor in the building.

The smell resembling natural gas was first reported on Tuesday, and staff and students were quickly evacuated.

Classes have been canceled since.

Thursday, Columbia Gas conducted tests and confirmed the unknown gas is not pipeline gas, but of unknown origin.

So until crews can figure that out, Admiral King Elementary School will remain closed indefinitely.

That means the school will relocate the students and their teachers to three other buildings.

The three buildings are Garfield, Morrison and Washington Elementary Schools.

“The staff of Admiral King Elementary met Thursday morning to discuss the smooth transition of temporarily relocating the classrooms. The principals of all the involved buildings, Mr. Keefer, Mrs. Young, Mr. Monteleone and Mrs. Spotts-Hayes also met and discussed welcoming the students and teachers to their buildings,” said Superintendent Thomas Tucker, in a letter to parents.

Specific details will be posted and distributed on Friday for busing and student assignments.

Safety personnel will collect personal belongings by each individual classroom, and transport to the temporary locations for students to retrieve.

For the complete letter sent to parents, click here.

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