Mid-South school briefly evacuated after strange odor is detected - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

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Mid-South school briefly evacuated after strange odor is detected

A Mid-South elementary school was evacuated Monday afternoon after officials discovered what they initially thought was a gas leak.

The incident happened at Coleman Elementary, located at 3210 Raleigh-Millington.  Early Monday afternoon, school officials evacuated students to the edges of the school's campus and contacted emergency officials after noticing an unfamiliar odor, which they thought was possibly gas, in the building.

Firefighters conducted a thorough sweep of the building, but could find nothing.  Later, tests revealed nothing toxic inside the building, and students were allowed to return to class.

Officials said no one was hurt during the evacuation, and the school day ended normally.

Fire investigators still don't know what caused the odor.

Late Monday afternoon, a Memphis City Schools spokesperson released the following written statement:

"Memphis City Schools is aware that an odor was detected in one of the hallways at Coleman Elementary School. As a precaution, the school was evacuated for a short time while MLG&W and MCS maintenance crews conducted a thorough investigation of the entire building to find the source of the odor. The school was deemed completely safe a short time later.

Parents have been told about this incident via the district's ParentLink phone messaging system and informed that school will be in session as scheduled tomorrow."

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