Irving Middle School Evacuated Due to Gas Leak

No injuries reported

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Mar 21, 2012  |  Updated 2:58 PM CDT
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Gas Leak Prompts School Evacuation

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The strong smell of natural gas prompted the evacuation of Sam Houston Middle School in Irving Wednesday afternoon.

Officials with the Irving Independent School District said a leak near a construction site on the roof of the school prompted 1,000 students to be evacuated to the football field and gymnasium as a precaution.

At 2:30 p.m., the district said Atmos Energy had capped the leak.  A city inspector and officials with the fire department cleared the students to return to the building a short time later.

The school is located near Country Club Drive and Pleasant Run Road near Victoria Park.

No injuries were reported.

NBC 5 has crews on the way to the scene.  We'll update this story with more information as it's received.

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