Alarm causes evacuation at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School

Thursday, August 21, 2014 | 2:30 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Just three days into the new school year, Boone County firefighters responded to an alarm at Two Mile Prairie Elementary School on North Route Z. 

Boone County Fire Protection District was dispatched at 11:17 a.m. Thursday, Boone County Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Gale Blomenkamp said. A full response unit that had been nearby was able to arrive just three minutes after receiving the alarm.

Blomenkamp attributed the alarm to smoke created by a wall heater with worn bearings. The students were evacuated for a short time and returned to the building by 11:45 a.m.

No one was injured and damage to the building itself was negligent, Blomenkamp said.

Administrators at Two Mile Prairie Elementary had a fire drill scheduled for Friday. The students are now well-practiced for the real thing.

Supervising editor is Mary Ryan.

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