Damaged sprinkler causes Issaquah Middle School evacuation
September 23, 2010
By Warren Kagarise
UPDATED — 9:30 a.m. Sept. 23, 2010
Issaquah Middle School students briefly evacuated the school Thursday morning, after a damaged sprinkler triggered a fire alarm.
Sara Niegowksi, Issaquah School District spokeswoman, said a sprinkler in the gymnasium had been damaged after a ball struck the sprinkler. The sprinkler started leaking onto the floor and left a considerable amount of standing water on the floor. The damaged sprinkler caused the alarm to activate, and students evacuated as if in a fire drill.
Children returned to class after the brief evacuation.
Niegowksi said district facilities employees were headed to the school to determine the cause and the extent of the damage.
The district called in a restoration company to estimate the damage, due to the considerable amount of water on the floor.