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March 25, 2014

Disaster averted at Oakland private school

OAKLAND — What could have been a disaster ended up as a day off school for students and teachers at the Mountain Top Seventh-day Adventist Church and School on U.S. Route 219.

Church deacon Charles Trembly took quick action when one of the parent’s cars rolled down the hill and upset a 300-gallon propane tank. Trembly said he evacuated the school and took the 10 students and two teachers to the nearby church building while staff called 911.

The Garrett County Sheriff’s Office, Oakland and Deer Park volunteer fire departments, and Southern Garrett Rescue Squad responded to the 7:50 a.m. incident at 16325 Garrett Highway.

Officials evacuated the entire property while they assessed the extent of the propane leak and its effect on the surrounding area, Trembly said.

The students and teachers were taken to a private residence nearby before school was dismissed.

Southern States arrived to repair the propane tank.

Trembly hopes that students will be able to return to school Wednesday and was thankful that no one was injured and the parent was able to retrieve the car and move it away from the propane tank.

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