Several People Sickened at North Stamford Nursery School

Stamford, CT- At 10:33 AM, the Stamford Fire Department and theTurn of River Volunteer Fire Department responded to 458 Lakeside Dr , Temple Sinai,  for a report of something possibly burning in the Nursery School basement area.  Fire units arrived and found a slight haze from smoke in the lower level Play Room area within the building.  One teacher at this location reported that she was feeling ill effects from the smoke that she had inhaled. Medic units from both Stamford EMS and Greenwich  EMS were dispatched to evaluate occupants that were within the affected area.

Several Engine Companies, using thermal imaging cameras and Multi-Gas/CO Meters, checked the building for hazards.  No fire was found and air quality throughout the building was deemed to be good upon arrival.  The smoke was believed to have possibly been caused by a  faulty fluorescent light ballast or a possible HVAC system failure.  The smoke condition dissipated within a few minutes of Fire Department arrival and could not be replicated.

3 adults were transported to the Stamford Hospital for evaluation.  Over 20 children were evaluated on-scene and several were later taken to Stamford Hospital by private vehicle for further evaluation.

In total, four engines, one ladder truck, one rescue company, one deputy and seven medic units responded.

The building owners are working with the fire marshal’s office and the health department to determine the cause of the incident.

Contact:   Capt T Gloersen
Stamford Fire Department, 1 Company Captains Office
(203) 977-4763

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