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UPDATE: Smoke from Furnace Motor Prompts Brief School Evacuation

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- UPDATE 9:30am - Smoke from a furnace malfunction is to blame for smoke that filled one small area of a Springfield Elementary school and prompted a brief evacuation of students.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - UPDATE at 11:00 am: 
Students at a Springfield elementary evacuated their school this morning after smoke alarms sounded. Firefighters responded to Robberson Elementary just after 8:30 am. The school is located at Kearney and Howard in north Springfield.

Crews say they found smoke inside a furnace in on area of the school. That smoke started in a furnace after an electrical spark, but there was no fire, said fire officials. The Springfield Public School maintenance department has since replaced the furnace students were later let back into the school.

Fire Battalion Chief David Scheiderer tells KOLR10 News the students hard work when it comes to fire drills, was obvious today. "From practicing this over an over, they did exactly what they were suppose to do and got the kids out safe."

Dr. Kevin Huffman, principal at Robberson, praised the school teachers and staff. "We ve got a great staff an they take good care of kids all the time and they were prepared and knew what to do." And fire crews used this as a good learning tool.

Fire Chief David Hall spoke to kindergarten students inside the library about fire safety.


Our earlier report:

Students at Robberson Elementary School at 1100 East Kearney were evacuated from the building for a short time - at  8:40 a.m. today - after a fire was reported in the school.

All students have been returned to classrooms according to fire fighters on the at the scene.

The report turned out to be heavy smoke in “an isolated wing of the building” from an electrical problem in a furnace motor, according to Battalion Chief David Scheiderer.

It was identified, smoke was cleared out and school maintenance people are now repairing the furnace, he said.

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