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Gas leaks lead to evacuation of Byron-Bergen schools

Byron-Bergen schools in Genesee County were evacuated Thursday morning after two small gas leaks were detected in the district’s elementary and junior/senior high school, Superintendent Casey Kosiorek said.

Fire companies were called around 9:15 a.m. and the district’s 1,050 students were evacuated from the buildings, Kosiorek said. No illness or symptoms were reported, he said. Classes were canceled today along with extracurricular activities and sports.

Kosiorek said the small leaks were only identified because the gas company added an excess of odorant while working Wednesday on the district’s natural gas lines.

“In hindsight, this is a positive thing,” he said. “We were able to identify those small leaks and it gave us a great opportunity to test our emergency preparedness.”

Kosiorek said the buildings are now safe to enter but the district continued to test them throughout the day Thursday before making a decision about whether classes will resume Friday.