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Two National City schools evacuated due to smell of natural gas

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Posted at 10:54 AM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 13:54:06-04

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (KGTV) - Two National City elementary schools were evacuated Monday morning due to a strong smell of gas fumes, leading parents to pick up their children at different campuses.

The emergency call was reported about 9 a.m. at El Toyon Elementary at 2000 Division St. and Rancho de la Nación at 1830 Division St.

National City Police and SDG&E evaluated the scenes and determined the odor was coming from a routine bleed to the gas lines. The children were not in any danger and there was no emergency, according to police.

More than 1,000 students and staff members had already been evacuated to the Wrigley’s grocery store shopping plaza. They were bussed from that location to other schools.

El Toyon students were rerouted to Lincoln Acres Elementary, 2200 S. Lanoitan, and Rancho de la Nación students were taken to Ira Harbison Elementary, 3235 E. 8th St.

Parents can pick up their children at the campuses.