Officials at St. Mary’s and Waterbury Hospital say students recovered quickly after being given oxygen following exposure to carbon monoxide at the Barnard School Tuesday,  School officials say a total of 40 students and one teacher were sent to the hospital with flu-like symptoms  when a broken door on a furnace vent allowed the colorless, odorless gas to seep into their classroom.

School officials say the vent was repaired, the building ventilated, and the remaining students finished the school day and were dismissed at the normal time.

Plans already were in the works to install carbon monoxide detectors;  school officials say they’re installing temporary units tonight.


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