Dead cats source of bad smell in high school

Lodi News-Sentinel - - PAGE TWO - — Sacra­mento Bee

Two St. Fran­cis Catholic High School teach­ers were trans­ported to the hospi­tal Thurs­day morn­ing af­ter be­ing ex­posed to fumes from con­tain­ers stor­ing dead cats pre­served in formalde­hyde.

Sacra­mento fire­fight­ers re­sponded at about 10 a.m. to a 911 call about a sus­pected gas leak at the East Sacra­mento school, said fire depart­ment spokesman Capt. Keith Wade.

Wade said there were re­ports of an “un­pleas­ant smell.”

Kevin Eck­ery, spokesman for the Ro­man Catholic Dio­cese of Sacra­mento, said the teach­ers were taken to the hospi­tal out of “an abun­dance of cau­tion,” and no up­date on their con­di­tion was im­me­di­ately avail­able.

Pa­cific Gas and Elec­tric tech­ni­cians in­ves­ti­gated the school and dis­cov­ered the pre­served cats were the source of the smell, Wade said. The con­tain­ers, stored in a lab, be­came warm be­cause they were near a heater, in­creas­ing the odor of the formalde­hyde, Wade said.

The cats are used for dis­sec­tions in a bi­ol­ogy class, said Eck­ery.

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