Mark Klose, Chief
37 Wakefield Street
Rochester, NH 03867
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018
Contact: John Guilfoil
Rochester Fire Department Responds to Gas Leak at Spaulding High School
ROCHESTER — Chief Mark Klose reports that the Rochester Fire Department responded to a gas leak yesterday at Spaulding High School.
At approximately 10:30 a.m., Engine 3, Engine 5 and Ladder 1 responded to a fire alarm and subsequent 911 call from Spaulding High School reporting that the alarm was pulled as a result of a strong odor of gas inside the building.
The building was evacuated as a precaution, and students and staff were housed inside the Rochester Community Center during the response.
Firefighters isolated the the odor to a science classroom and identified a leaking gas main as the source. The gas main was then shut off and Unitil was called to help further pinpoint the leak. The Rochester Schools will work with a third party gas fitter to conduct repairs.
The building was re-opened to students and staff after approximately 25 minutes.