‘Hazardous material incident’ reported at Greene County school


BLOOMFIELD, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — A hazardous material incident has been reported at Eastern Greene Middle School in Greene County.

According to a press release from the Greene County EMA, “some people have been transported to area hospitals for observation.” No major injuries have been reported at this time.

The state fire marshal’s office is currently investigating the incident along with local fire departments.

Eastern Greene schools will be closed Friday while authorities look into a possible air quality issue at the middle school/elementary campus.

Officials noted there is no gas leak at the school.

A press release from Eastern Green Middle School Principal Patrick Ault is posted on the school corporation’s website:

Dear Parents and Community Members,
Center-Jackson Fire Territory and several other agencies, including the State Fire Marshall, responded to the Eastern Greene Middle School for a possible air quality issue on Thursday, August 22nd shortly before afternoon dismissal. This incident was discovered in one room and confined to a small area. The school immediately took action to prevent spreading to other areas. Five people were transported to local hospitals for precautionary evaluation. School officials have confirmed everyone was released from the hospital. Eastern Greene School administration contacted students and parents that were in the immediate area. During the initial investigation, no noticeable items of concern were located. On site tests were performed by skilled responders and nothing was located to cause alarm. Eastern Greene Schools, Greene County Health Department, Greene County Emergency Management Agency, and Indiana Department of Environmental Management have requested additional tests to be performed to ensure the school is safe when students are able to return. These are precautionary measures at this time. As always, Eastern Greene Schools keeps our students, staff, and community’s safety a top priority.
Patrick Ault
Eastern Greene Middle School

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