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Taylor Hicks evacuated after students report illness from odor

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Prescott firefighters prepare to enter rooms at Taylor Hicks Elementary School where students reported an odor Friday, Nov. 6.

Scott Orr/The Daily Courier<br> Prescott firefighters prepare to enter rooms at Taylor Hicks Elementary School where students reported an odor Friday, Nov. 6.

PRESCOTT - Two buildings at Taylor Hicks Elementary School were evacuated Friday morning, Nov. 6, and Prescott Fire hazardous materials technicians were called in to find the source of an odor that caused some students to report feeling sick, Battalion Chief Cory Moser said.

The children were moved to another building, which is not connected to the ventilation system of the buildings from which the smell was coming, he added.

Two students with "minor complaints" were evaluated but not taken to the hospital, Moser said. Their parents were notified.

Hazmat technicians used a newly-purchased monitoring device to search for the source while they went through the buildings wearing air packs.

Moser said they found nothing, which is a fairly common situation.

By way of example, he said, "In other areas, at other times, we've had it where somebody could drop something or spill something, and they're embarrassed to speak up about it."

With nothing found, the students were allowed to return to the building.

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