SPRINGFIELD, Minn. (WCCO) – Schools were evacuated in Springfield, Minn. Thursday morning after a number of people were sickened with what may have been carbon monoxide poisoning.
The Springfield School District’s website confirmed that schools were being closed for the day and students have been taken to a nearby community center. Parents were instructed they could pick up their children late Thursday morning.
The Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield said it was evaluating 27 patients for possible carbon monoxide poisoning. It was not immediately clear whether they were all children, adults, or both.
Some of the patients arrived by ambulance, and others were driven there by family members.
Mayo Clinic Health System in Springfield says they implemented their highest level of disaster plan.
Both the high school and elementary school were evacuated.
A spokesman told KEYC in Mankato that Mayo Clinic Health System was working with school officials, law enforcement and first responders.