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Ruthlawn Elementary Closed Friday Following Gas Leak

Reported: Jan. 9, 2014 10:17 AM EST
Updated: Jan. 9, 2014 4:52 PM EST
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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Heath Harrison) -- Ruthlawn Elementary School in South Charleston will be closed Friday.

Officials said the school will remain shut down following a gas leak Thursday.

School officials called Mountaineer Gas Thursday morning and requested that gas be shut off so a service line could be replaced. The gas was shut off about 10:20 a.m. and the area was deemed safe. Classes were dismissed Thursday morning.




SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (Jeff Morris) -- Mountaineer Gas officials said there was a gas leak on Ruthlawn Elementary School's property in South Charleston on Thursday, but a crew shut off the gas and deemed the area safe.

Larry Meador, manager of communications for the company, said school officials called the gas company about 10 a.m. and requested that the gas be shut off so a service line could be replaced. The gas was shut off about 10:20 a.m.

Classes were dismissed at the school at 10:45 a.m. It was unclear whether the school would reopen Friday. Mountaineer has not been contacted again by the school to turn the gas back on, Meador said. As of 4:10 p.m. , the West Virginia Department of Education's website had no school closings listed for Friday.




SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Mountaineer Gas officials were checking for a possible gas leak at Ruthlawn Elementary in South Charleston after students were sent home early on Thursday.

Kanawha County schools closed the school at 10:45 a.m. over concerns about a potential leak.




SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A South Charleston school was sending students home early Thursday due to a potential gas leak.

Ruthlawn Elementary was closing at 10:45 a.m., according to an automated message from Kanawha County Schools.



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