Maywood Middle School evacuated after power outage, smoke

September 3, 2010

By Laura Geggel

NEW — 11:05 a.m. Sept. 3, 2010

Maywood Middle School students had an unexpected evacuation Friday morning.

At about 9 a.m., the school’s power went out. Shortly after, students and staff members reported smelling smoke and immediately evacuated the building, according to an e-mail Principal Jason Morse sent to parents.

King County Fire District 25 responded to the emergency call and found a faulty motor in the heating and cooling system had burned out because of the power outage. Firefighters evaluated the motor and allowed students and staff members to re-enter the building at about 10 a.m.

The school is expected to regain power by noon. Teachers are holding classes and are thankful it is a bright day, Issaquah School District spokeswoman Sara Niegowski said.

“The good news is that we were able to practice our fire evacuation procedures early in the school year, and everyone did a great job!” Morse wrote in his e-mail.

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