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Malfunctioning heater prompts evacuation at Kendall Elementary

Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
MARION (April 8, 2013) — After-school ISTEP tutoring was cut short for about 150 kids at Kendall Elementary School on Monday afternoon when a heating unit malfunctioned, prompting a call to the fire department.

A little after 4 p.m. Monday, school staffers noticed a smoky smell. They were concerned enough to pull the fire alarm and evacuate the building. About 150 third- and fourth-graders were attending after-school tutoring at the time.

According to Kendall officials, the source of the smoky smell was determined to be an overheated transformer in the heating unit attached to the exterior wall in Room 15, a fourth-grade classroom.

Once Marion Fire Department officials declared the building safe, children were allowed to return to their classrooms to gather their things, and dismissal and bus pick-up was conducted only a few minutes later than usual.

The building was being aired out Monday afternoon, and the damaged heater part was expected to be in place by Tuesday morning. Classes will be in session as usual Tuesday.