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News - September 25, 2013

Staff extinguish fire at Encinal School

Firefighters from the Menlo Park Fire Protection District responding to a 911 call arrived at the scene of a small electrical fire at Encinal School in Atherton around 11:30 a.m. Friday, Sept. 20, but school staff had already extinguished it, firefighters said.

"The school actually did a really nice job," said Battalion Chief Jim Stevens. "They did a great job of evacuating students from the school."

Firefighters made sure that the power was off and the affected electrical panel locked down and tagged so that it would not be re-energized accidentally, Mr. Stevens said. The school is located at 195 Encinal Ave. at the intersection with Middlefield Road.

The fire was in the kiln room, school Principal Sharon Burns said in a letter to parents released the same day. "The building was quickly evacuated and all students were accounted for within minutes," Ms. Burns said. "We immediately shut down the electrical (power) and staff used a fire extinguisher before any damage occurred. Fire and police responded immediately."

The kiln room was undamaged by the fire and art classes resumed after lunch, Ms. Burns said.

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