Gas leak prompts evacuation of Borough Park Yeshiva school

A gas leak and fire caused the evacuation of United Talmudic Academy in Borough Park Monday. Fire officials say an underground transformer across the street

BOROUGH PARK - A gas leak and fire caused the evacuation of United Talmudic Academy in Borough Park Monday.

Fire officials say an underground transformer across the street from the school caught fire. They say carbon monoxide seeped into the basement around 11:30 a.m., when a janitor first realized something was wrong. According to fire officials, the transformer likely caught fire because of the age of the wires and long-term use. Approximately 1,200 students were evacuated and went home.

There were no reported injuries from either the fire or gas leak. School administrators say they hope to resume classes as soon as possible.

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