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Students, Staff Back in Dryden Elemen. after Brief Evacuation

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Faculty and students are back in their classrooms and offices at a Springfield school after a gas odor forced the building’s evacuation.

Dennis Leger, aid to Springfield’s Fire Commissioner, says that around 9:15 a.m., an smell of gas was detected near the furnace room at Dryden Elementary School on Surrey Road.

While firefighters searched for the possible cause of the smell, the school was evacuated.

Leger adds that firefighters on-scene, using a meter, found a zero reading of gas. Columbia Gas has also been called in to investigate.

Everyone was allowed back in about 20 minutes later once the building was rendered safe for re-entry.

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