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Boston School Gas Leak Sends 33 Students to Hospital


BOSTON - Officials say 33 students at a Boston charter school have been taken to city hospitals after complaining of dizziness and nausea following reports of a gas-like odor in the building.

A spokesman for the Boston Fire Department says firefighters responded to the Excel Academy Charter School in the city's East Boston neighborhood just after 10 a.m. on Monday.

Steve MacDonald says some of the students were given oxygen at the scene. A spokeswoman for emergency medical services says 33 students were taken to the hospital as a precaution.

The school was evacuated while firefighters and utility workers searched for the source of the odor.

Excel has about 200 students in grades 5 through 8.

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