Students at Newport Middle School are once again huddled up in the Gym portion of the school on another outbreak of an odor that smells like natural gas.
The gas company and Newport Fire and Rescue are on scene investigating. The same scenario occurred yesterday.
Newport Fire Chief Rob Murphy says the smell didn’t seem to be natural gas – rather sewer gas that can escape into the air if what are called “P-traps” are not functioning properly in the school plumbing. School maintenance workers are checking every P-trap in the building in hopes of finding why the sewer odors are getting into the air.
Students returned to their classrooms.