Two adults still hospitalized after carbon monoxide leak at Finch Elementary

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Photo Gallery: PHOTOS | Carbon monoxide poisoning at SW Atlanta school

Video: 31 overcome by carbon monoxide fumes at SW Atlanta school

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  • Fire rescue crews outside Finch Elementary School in SW Atlanta, where at least 49 people were affected by carbon monoxide fumes Monday morning.
  • Students who were not complaining of symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning were taken to Brown Middle School for the remainder of the day.

ATLANTA -- One adult was admitted to Grady Memorial Hospital for observation and another was transferred to another facility for hyperbolic treatment after a carbon monoxide leak forced evacuation at Finch Elementary on Monday morning. 

Police and rescue crews rushed to Finch Elementary School in Southwest Atlanta Monday morning, where at least 50 people were overcome by carbon monoxide fumes.

GALLERY | Carbon Monoxide poisoning at Finch Elementary 

The reports came in to 911 at about 8:35 a.m. Monday. The school is located at 1114 Avon Avenue in the Oakland City area.

Fire crews said when they arrived, at least six people had been overcome by the fumes. Three had regained conciousness. Officials said most of the people overcome were from a single classroom at Finch.

Atlanta Public School officials said 10 adults were transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, and 40 students were taken to Children's Health Care of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding.

The emergency room director at Hughes Spalding, Dr. Naghma Khan, said the children were all in good condition and have been released from the hospital. Khan credits EMT and paramedic first responders with getting all of the children on oxygen before they arrived at the hospital.

School officials said they were evacuating the entire school building as a precaution. Atlanta Public Schools officials said the remaining students from Finch were being bussed to Brown Middle School for the remainder of the school day.

Atlanta Fire Department Batallion Chief Todd Edwards said that when crews entered the building at Finch Elementary, the carbon monoxide levels -- at 1,700 PPM -- were the highest that they had ever recorded inside a building.

Lieutenant Marian McDaniel, speaking on 11Alive News Monday morning, said Finch is a relatively new school.

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