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Gas leak downs 80

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By Jonas Reyes

OLONGAPO CITY – 80 students of the Olongapo City National High School (OCNHS) were hospitalized after being exposed to a gas leak Tuesday afternoon.

Students are being rushed to the JLGMH by emergency personnel after inhaling ammonia from a gas leak at an ice plant after the factory was reported on fire. Around 80 students from the OCNHS were admitted to the hospital after inhaling the hazardous gas. (Jonas Reyes)

Students are being rushed to the JLGMH by emergency personnel after inhaling ammonia from a gas leak at an ice plant after the factory was reported on fire. (Jonas Reyes/MANILA BULLETIN)

According to Vice Mayor Jong Cortez, the gas leak stemmed from a reported fire at the ice plant near the school.

The Olongapo Fire and Rescue unit, barangay emergency response teams, and James L. Gordon Memorial Hospital (JLGMH) paramedics rushed to the scene and ferried the students who inhaled hazardous gas to hospital.

Some of the students were sent home while others are still under observation at JLGMH.

The students recounted that they smelled a very pungent odor and experienced eye irritation, stomach pains, breathing difficulty and nausea.

Mayor Rolen Paulino assured that the city government will extend medical and financial assistance to the students affected by the gas leak and suspended classes yesterday to ensure the safety of the students.

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