WEST NEWBURY — Superintendent Justin Bartholomew and Pentucket Regional Middle School Principal Terrence Conant report that Pentucket’s middle school students have been temporarily relocated to the high school auditorium after an odor of gas was detected in the middle school building.
A staff member noticed the odor this morning, and the school immediately followed its protocols to evacuate the building and shift the students into the high school. Officials do not believe there is any danger to the community.
The Groveland and West Newbury Fire Departments have responded to the middle school to investigate.
A preliminary investigation indicates that fuel odor from a snowblower may have gotten into an air intake, causing the odor.
The students will remain in the high school until authorities give the “all clear.” It is expected that this will occur shortly.
This will be updated as more information is made available.