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Local High School Temporarily Evacuated

Staff and students awaited the "all clear" signal Friday morning outside Port Chester High School, which was evacuated before 8 a.m. due to a suspected carbon monoxide leak.
Staff and students awaited the "all clear" signal Friday morning outside Port Chester High School, which was evacuated before 8 a.m. due to a suspected carbon monoxide leak. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Students and staff await the "all clear" signal Friday morning outside Port Chester High School, which was evacuated before 8 a.m. due to a suspected carbon monoxide leak.
Students and staff await the "all clear" signal Friday morning outside Port Chester High School, which was evacuated before 8 a.m. due to a suspected carbon monoxide leak. Photo Credit: Jon Craig
Students and staff were greeted by a half dozen fire trucks shortly before 8 am. on Friday outside Port Chester High School, which was evacuated due to a suspected carbon monoxide leak. Classes resumed by 8:40 a.m.
Students and staff were greeted by a half dozen fire trucks shortly before 8 am. on Friday outside Port Chester High School, which was evacuated due to a suspected carbon monoxide leak. Classes resumed by 8:40 a.m. Photo Credit: Jon Craig

PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The annual senior "skip day" turned into the real thing on Friday at Port Chester High School.

Firefighters were called to the high school shortly before 8 a.m. after a report of a suspected carbon monoxide gas leak.

Classes resumed by 8:40 a.m. after officials determined the building was safe.

Caryn Furst, a spokeswoman for the Port Chester-Rye Union Free School District said a CO detector apparently went off in the kitchen and as a result Con Edison was called to check everything out.

"Meanwhile, following protocol (same one we would use if this happened at home), everyone was evacuated. The staff and students were back in school within an hour. All’s well," Furst said.

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