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12 Hospitalized After Carbon Monoxide Leak at Vermont School

Officials say four students and one staff member at a Vermont school have been hospitalized because of carbon monoxide poisoning in the building.

PUTNEY, Vt. -- A hospital official says 11 students and one adult from Vermont's Putney Central School are being treated for carbon monoxide poisoning, but all are expected to be released from the hospital.

Barbara Gentry of the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital says all the patients are doing OK and some are already being released.

Superintendent Ron Stahley says the gas leak was caused by a furnace problem.

The school was evacuated and students taken to the gymnasium after the problem was reported at about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

By 1 p.m. the gas had been cleared from the building and students allowed to return.

Earlier this week 25 grade-school children were hospitalized in Waterbury, Conn., after a carbon monoxide leak.

On Dec. 31, a Massachusetts man died of carbon monoxide poisoning in Killington.

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