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November 11, 2013

UPDATE: Leak stopped, Butler students returning to Butler from Ford

QUINLAN — UPDATE: 1:42 p.m. From Quinlan ISD Police Department’s Facebook page: “Atmos energy has stopped the gas leak and on-scene safety personnel have advised us that it is safe for students to return to the school. At this time, students are being taken by bus from FHS back to AE Butler where afternoon dismissal will operate normally - if you pick your student(s) up, you may do so in the normal AE Butler parent pick up lane. Students that ride the bus will catch their regular bus from AE Butler. All buildings previously closed will re-open and the afternoon will continue as regularly scheduled.”

Information posted by the Quinlan Independent School District police department indicated that due to the gas leak, the Joe Martin Central Administration Building and AE Butler Elementary were evacuated.

"All Butler students were safely transported to Ford HS and are being held in the gym," the release read. "We will continue to monitor the situation and will return students when it is safe to do so. In the event that the situation is not resolved by dismissal time, we will announce alternate dismissal arrangements closer to 3:20."

During construction work at the intersection of State Highway 34 and Kirby Avenue, crews ruptured an Atmos Energy gas main. The intersection remains closed as of 1:30 p.m. today. Atmos is on the scene.

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