Shenandoah Elementary evacuation for ‘smell of smoke’ results in no fire, students returned to building

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~ PVN staff report

SHENANDOAH, Jan. 18 — The Shenandoah Volunteer Fire Department responded to a call at Shenandoah Elementary School around 1 p.m. on Wednesday “due to the smell of smoke in the building.”

“Currently, students and staff have been evacuated due to the smell of smoke in the building,” read a notice sent out by the school system at 1:12 p.m. “All students and staff are safe and outside of the building.”

“The Shenandoah Fire Department is on site and conducting a room-by-room evaluation of the building,” the notice continues. “Out of an abundance of caution, we will delay student and staff reentry until the building has been cleared. Lunch had been served, and at this time, no action is needed on the part of any parents or guardians. We will continue to keep you posted if anything changes.”

Volunteer firefighters cleared the building quickly, with no fire found inside or near the school. Students and staff soon returned to the building.

“No fire was reported and staff are continuing to evaluate the source of the smell of smoke as well as the fire alarm system,” reads a second notice sent out by the school system Wednesday afternoon. “If any additional actions are needed, we will err on the side of student and staff safety and respond appropriately.”

“Thank you to the Shenandoah Fire Department for their prompt response and support,” the second notice continues. “Thank you to our teachers and staff for their diligent work to keep everyone safe, and thank you to our students for being responsive to staff.”

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