Fire forces evacuation at Delburne School

Delburne School was evacuated this morning after a small fire in the school’s boiler room.

Delburne School was evacuated this morning after a small fire in the school’s boiler room.

“They could actual smell something that didn’t seem right so they checked the boiler room and noticed the small fire, right away evacuated, and called the fire department,” said Kurt Sacher, superintendent for Chinook’s Edge School Division.

Between 9 and 10 a.m., about 400 kindergarten to Grade 12 students and 44 staff were evacuated as a precaution to the local arena that is within walking distance.

By 11 a.m., students and staff were returning to the school.

“I just think the staff handled it really well and that’s why we practice emergency response protocols. We’re glad everybody’s safe.”

Parents were in the process of being notified.

The boiler was shut down remotely.

The school has more than one boiler so the school could still be heated for class to resume, Sacher said.

The investigation into the cause of the fire continues.

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