There was a small electrical fire at the King Philip Regional High School causing the school day to be cut short. Students were sent home as of 1 p.m. An email to parents from the High School about the incident said, "The Fire Department arrived on the scene immediately. All students were evacuated immediately. No one was injured. Students that walk home have been allowed to do so. Students that are getting rides home will report to the tennis courts for parent pick-up."
Students in the building said the lights kept flickering off and on in the auditorium. Many originally thought it was a student prank and laughed it off. A burning smell was soon noticeable in the the hallway near the cafeteria followed by the sound of the fire alarm.
Later in the day, principal Rob Wargo wrote parents saying, "The high school building has been deemed safe to occupy. For students who left their belongings inside the building I encourage them to return and pick them up. Students who were eating lunch at the time of the evacuation, your things are on tables in the cafe."
He added, "I want to thank everyone for their assistance and cooperation during today's event. All students and staff played a critical role in the safe and orderly response to this incident."
Reports of at least seven fire trucks and an ambulance were on the scene along with a signficant police prescense.
Officials at the High School intend to have classes on Tuesday. Formatted by WT