At approximately 10:50 a.m., a staff member at Lahontan Elementary reported smelling natural gas in the building. Principal Mike Hogan implemented the safety protocol, evacuated the building and called 911, CCSD Director of Maintenance and Southwest Gas.
The Fallon/Churchill Fire Department and Fallon police responded to the call. Southwest Gas evaluated the building using their sniffing technology and determined that there was no leak and the building was safe to occupy. Students and staff were readmitted to Lahontan at 11:45 a.m.
After students were readmitted to the building, Southwest Natural Gas continued to check the exterior line providing natural gas to the building. In doing so, they identified a gas leak in the northeast section of the property. The gas was shut off at the primary gas main and the leaking pipe is being replaced.
Due to repair work, traffic may be rerouted for student pick up.