Jan 11, 2016 3:47 PM

Broken pump causes heating fuel leak at Richard Elementary School in Newport

The Associated Press

NEWPORT — Fire officials in N.H. say a malfunctioning pump in an elementary school's heating system caused between 500 and 600 gallons of heating fuel to flow down a drain leading to a retention pond.

Newport Fire Chief Wayne Conroy told the Valley News a teacher at Richards Elementary School smelled fumes at around 1 p.m. Sunday. She later went outside and found a stream of oil coming from a vent pipe in an overflow tank outside the school's mechanical room.

Firefighters arrived at the school and determined that a pump had malfunctioned. Teams from the Midwestern New Hampshire Hazmat Response Team and Sunapee Hazmat unit brought booms to contain oil at the pond.

Conroy says the school's boilers were operational Sunday night, so the school was open on Monday.

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