UPDATE: Lanes Mill School Evacuation: Gas Line Fixed, School Ventilated, No Heat

Evacuation lasted about 30 minutes

File photo Herbertsville Station 24 truck
File photo Herbertsville Station 24 truck

Lanes Mill Road Elementary School was evacuated for a gas leak Friday, leaving students and staff outside in the cold for about 30 minutes as firefighters and the gas company responded.

A four-inch gas main going into the building was leaking, said Brick Fire Prevention Director Kevin Batzel said, and firefighters secured the school to make sure no explosive substances might react with the gas.

The school was ventilated over the course of an hour, though once the leak was fixed by NJNG and the school determined safe 30 minutes later, the students and staff were allowed to return.

However the heat was off the rest of the school day due gas leak’s proximity to the boiler, until further repairs were complete, Batzel said.

At around 12:30 p.m. Herbertsville Station 24 responded to the school, which had been evacuated after a smell of gas. New Jersey Natural Gas responded with a supervisor and two staff vehicles to also investigate, said Batzel.

Herbertsville sent one truck to investigate, led by Capt. David Sanchez.

No injuries were reported, Batzel said.

common sense December 13, 2013 at 05:50 PM
Makes me feel oh so safe sending my kids to school!!
WMS826 December 13, 2013 at 10:11 PM
You liberals voted for this. Every vote for a democrat takes money away from the working middle class. Nobody cares about these kids unless they are rich or an organized minority group. How much of our money is squandered building brand new schools for the inner city kids while our decline into disrepair.
Jill December 13, 2013 at 11:12 PM
Really, this is how I find out?! Shouldn't the school have notified the parents my kindergartner goes there and went there today and I find out at 11pm through the patch?!
Momma T December 14, 2013 at 09:28 AM
@wms826 did you not read it was a gas main leak? How did we vote for that one! @jill I agree with you I would be putting a call into the school Superintendant on Monday. They notify parents about PTA craft shows but not evacuations.
J.JONES December 14, 2013 at 09:37 AM
And they continue to collect big pay checks ...
dcnj December 14, 2013 at 11:01 AM
Both of my kids came home with a thorough explanation of the event writen by the principal.


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