Chemical spill at Simsbury's Ethel Walker School investigated
By WFSB Staff
SIMSBURY, CT (WFSB) -
It was anything but a normal day for students at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury after a chemical spill Thursday morning.
According to the Simsbury Fire Department, a teacher walked into one of the chemistry labs in the main building of the all-girls school and found that a small quantity of liquid from a chemical container had spilled onto the floor.
The teacher immediately left the room, informed the head of the school and emergency officials were called.
The Simsbury Fire Department was alerted around 9 a.m., and emergency officials from Simsbury and several surrounding communities, including the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection responded to the scene to investigate.
No one was injured during the incident.
The product was cleaned. At 12:30 p.m., school was able to reopen and students and teachers were allowed back in the building after advisement from first responders.
"All students, faculty and staff are safe and we received great support from the local Emergency Response Team," said Head of School Bessie Speers. "Our School community was allowed back into the building following lunch outside and classes have resumed in their normal classrooms."
The Simsbury fire department said the chemical that had spilled in the lab was a mixture of different materials.
The cause of the spill is still under investigation. Public safety officials are trying to determine if vandalism played a role in the spill.
Parents were notified about the incident, school officials said.
The Ethel Walker School is an "independent, college preparatory, boarding and day school for girls in grades six through 12," according to a release from the school.
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