Fourteen students and one teacher from a North Merrick elementary school required medical treatment Thursday after a high level of carbon monoxide was detected inside the building, officials said.

They were all transported from Camp Avenue Elementary School to Nassau University Medical Center and all appeared to be doing well after complaining of nausea, headaches and dizziness, officials said.

School officials evacuated the school around 1:30 p.m. after smoke was discharged from a boiler, officials said.

“To be on the safe side, 911 was called, the school was shortly evacuated, and the fire department assessed the situation and determined it was safe for the children to come back into the building,” the North Merrick School District said on its website.

Nassau County police and about a half-dozen fire departments were called to the scene, officials said.

Blood tests were performed at the hospital, but “it didn’t appear anyone would be admitted,” a NUMC spokeswoman said.


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Rashed Mian has been covering local news for the Long Island Press since 2011. He graduated from Hofstra University in 2010 where he studied print journalism. Rashed, the staff's multimedia reporter, covers daily news for the web, shoots/edits feature videos and writes about civil liberties. He loves Afghan food and sports. Rashed is also a caffeine freak. Email: Twitter: rashedmian