Smoke in West Virgina School Sends 37 People to Hospitals

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TUNNELTON, W.Va. (AP) State regulators say a northern West Virginia business was burning material illegally in its outdoor furnace and the smoke drifted into a nearby elementary school, sending 37 people to hospitals.

Preston County schools Assistant Superintendent Craig Schmidl says classes were dismissed Friday at Tunnelton-Denver Elementary School.

He says smoke from a nearby auto repair shop's furnace got pulled into the school's ventilation system, including nearby modular units.

The Preston County emergency services office says 37 people were transported to four hospitals. A news release says some students reported having trouble breathing.

Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise says an air quality inspector confirmed illegal material was being burned in the furnace.

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