Fumes prompt evacuation of South Philadelphia alternative school

Posted: May 19, 2012

An alternative school in South Philadelphia was evacuated this morning after a staff member reported smelling acrid fumes.

Some 25 students spilled from the Ombudsman South Accelerated School, on the 2700 block of S. Front Street, about 10:40 a.m. as officials called the fire department. One student was taken to Methodist Hospital for chest pains, and two other students were went home early after reporting they did not feel well, said district spokeswoman Deirdre Darragh.

Darragh said an inspector traced the fumes to the school’s air-conditioning system.

The fire department declared the building safe at 11:07 a.m. after the odor dissipated. The morning session, which ends at 11 a.m., was dismissed. The afternoon session was not affected. The school is making arrangements to fix the air-conditioning system over the weekend.

Contact Sam Wood at 215-854-2796 or samwood@phillynews.com, or @inqwriter on Twitter.

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