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New York schools evacuated

Public School 115 on West 177th Street in Washington Heights, New York, was evacuated this morning after school officials discovered water damage during the previous week had compromised the structural integrity of the ceilings. This interruption of the first day of class following Spring Break was caused by officials’ fears that the water damage indicated a potential asbestos contamination.

Matthew Mittenthal, a spokesman for the New York Education Department, said that the city was confident that there was no danger in the school, but in the interest of safety would do a full cleanup tonight before reopening the school tomorrow morning.

This school evacuation was the second of the day, as a building in Hunts Point in the Bronx that housed four public schools had been evacuated earlier after the detection of elevated levels of carbon monoxide.

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