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Suspicious smell closes North Tahoe schools

Ryan Salm/Sierra SunTwo members of the Placer County Interagency HazMat Team make their way into North Tahoe High School on Friday in response to a possible hazardous material spill in the school. The school was evacuated and closed for the day.
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North Tahoe Middle and High School students were surprised with a shortened school day Friday when the regional HazMat team was summoned to examine the building.

School resource officer Deputy Russ Potts called 9-1-1 around noon Friday when he detected a suspicious odor coming from the high school’s Home Economics room.

Following the arrival of North Tahoe Fire officials, nine students in the classroom reported that they had started to feel ill.



Their symptoms included a sore throat, headache and nausea, said North Tahoe Fire spokesperson Ed Miller.

Students from both the middle and high school were evacuated, early transportation was arranged and the students were released at 2 p.m.



The home economic students were not cooking at the time that they smelled something like an electrical fire. Ironically, they were discussing safety issues in the kitchen at the time, said senior Joe Erman, 17.

Placer County’s Office of Emergency Services arrived on scene and the hazardous material team investigated the building. They were still on scene as of 4 p.m. Friday.

The school district’s Director of Facilities John Britto said in a release students should expect to return to school as scheduled today.

Students from both the middle and high school were evacuated, early transportation was arranged and the students were released at 2 p.m.

The home economic students were not cooking at the time that they smelled something like an electrical fire. Ironically, they were discussing safety issues in the kitchen at the time, said senior Joe Erman, 17.

Placer County’s Office of Emergency Services arrived on scene and the hazardous material team investigated the building. They were still on scene as of 4 p.m. Friday.

The school district’s Director of Facilities John Britto said in a release students should expect to return to school as scheduled today.


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