CLINTON — Students of Eagle Heights Elementary School were evacuated Thursday afternoon after staff smelled something being emitted in the first-grade hallway and main office areas.
According to a press release from the Clinton Community School District, staff noticed the smell at approximately 1:10 p.m. It was then determined the fire department should be notified, and the fire alarm was pulled. The building was evacuated quickly and the Clinton Fire Department responded immediately.
The fire department stayed on the scene for 45 minutes, but could not determine the cause of the smell. Fire officials determined it was safe to re-enter the building at 1:50 p.m., but closed down the first-grade hallway because of the smell's unknown origin.
Students returned to their classrooms, with the exception of first-grade students, who were moved to a different location in the building.
Superintendent Deb Olson said in the press release, "When I left Eagle Heights members of our district maintenance technicians were going to take apart the HVAC system to see if there was a problem within the mechanicals.
All of our staff and students are to be commended for the quick response in evacuating the building and listening to directions. We are so thankful for the quick response of our fire department to the scene."