‘Nightmare’ fuel leak at Aqsarniit Middle School resolved

‘It had been gushing out for a while, fuel was seeping into the floorboards,’ says Iqaluit DEA chairperson

Some Iqaluit middle schoolers were sent back home Thursday morning as a fuel leak in the school made the building unusable. (File photo)

By Nunatsiaq News

A fuel leak that occurred at Aqsarniit Middle School on Thursday morning has been resolved, so students can return to classes on Friday.

“It was a nightmare,” Doug Workman, the chairperson of Iqaluit’s DEA, said about the ordeal.

“It had been gushing out for a while, fuel was seeping into the floorboards and got into the crawl space”

Workman said he first learned of the leak around 8 a.m. on Thursday when the school principal called him and said he smelled fuel.

By that time, buses were already out picking up students for school, he said.

So the buses brought students back home shortly after pulling up at Aqsarniit and learning classes couldn’t be held in the building.

“Apparently the leak was extensive, the smell was very bad.”

The boiler room at Aqsarniit is only accessible through an exterior door and only staff from the Department of Community and Government Services have the key, so school employees couldn’t go check on the situation, he said.

“That’s different than any school I’ve ever been in,” Workman said.

A Community and Government Services maintenance crew was called and started repairing the pipe that was leaking right away, he said.

Workman said he was notified the leak had been fixed and air quality testing came back clean around 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, giving students the clear to go back to class on Friday.

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(5) Comments:

  1. Posted by John K on

    I’m honestly surprised that the teachers weren’t made to suck it up and go in anyway.

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    • Posted by John K on

      Nevermind; you did.

  2. Posted by dean m on

    students and staff had to go in today and breathe fumes all day. the place stinks. Also covid cases have been confirmed in the school this week

  3. Posted by Really on

    And now there will be a massive (expensive) cleanup and kids out of school again. Perhaps those daily mechanical room inspections do not include looking for leaky fuel lines. Perhaps the inspection process is “put your hand on the mechanical room door, if it is warm, all is good”. If the smell of fuel migrated to the school it was likely detectable in the mechanical room.

    • Posted by Thirsty on

      no, no they wont close. theyll make the kids go in. the don’t care anymore if kids get high from fuel or get covid. dr p and his gang of rulers dont want to listen to there children at home

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