San Francisco elementary school briefly evacuated due to small gas leak

An elementary school in San Francisco’s Balboa Terrace neighborhood was briefly evacuated Tuesday due to a small gas leak, a fire department spokeswoman said.

The leak was reported at about 11 a.m. at Commodore Sloat Elementary School at 50 Darien Way, San Francisco fire Lt. Mindy Talmadge said.

There was a strong smell of gas in a classroom, which prompted the evacuation of the entire school, Talmadge said.

PG&E was notified and responded to the school to shut off the gas. Authorities determined the smell had come from a boiler in the school’s heating system that was leaking, according to Talmadge.

After the problem was resolved, students were allowed to return to the school by about 11:45 a.m., Talmadge said.

No one was injured, she said.

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