CATONSVILLE, Md. (WJZ) — Fire crews are now evacuating students at Catonsville Middle School after initially saying there wasn’t any danger after reports of an unusual odor.

According to fire officials, the report came in around 10:17 a.m. from Catonsville Middle School on Edmonston Avenue for a report of an unusual odor.

The school is also closing at 1 p.m.

“Due to mechanical issues, Catonsville Middle School, located at 2301 Edmondson Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21228, will be closing at 1 p.m. today, Friday, December 7, 2018. All afterschool and evening activities are cancelled as well. Catonsville Middle School students will be dismissed from Westchester Elementary School, located at 2300 Old Frederick Road, Baltimore, MD 21228.”

Crews searched the entire building and used meters to detect levels, but found nothing.

Students remained inside the school initially, however, after EMS crews evaluated students, fire officials decided to evacuate the students.

Students and staff will go to Westchester Elementary as a precautionary measure.

Some students are displaying non-life threatening symptoms. Fire crews continue to ventilate the building & try to identify the problem.

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