TUNNELTON, W.Va. -- Authorities in Preston County say 37 people have been taken to hospitals after smoke from a furnace at a nearby business drifted into an elementary school's ventilation system.
Preston County Assistant Schools Superintendent Craig Schmidl said classes were dismissed Friday at Tunnelton-Denver Elementary School.
He said a nearby auto repair shop uses an outside furnace as a heating source and that smoke from the furnace got pulled into the school's ventilation system, including nearby modular units.
The Preston County emergency services office said 37 people were transported to four hospitals. A news release said some students reported having trouble breathing.
State Department of Environmental Protection spokesman Tom Aluise said an air quality inspector is being sent to the school.