UPDATE: West Palm elementary scene cleared, students return to class


Update 3:30 p.m.: An issue with the wiring in a light caused the smell of smoke and prompted firefighters to respond to a West Palm Beach elementary school Thursday morning.

Some students at Roosevelt Elementary School went to lunch early as firefighters and school district workers were sent to one of the campus’ buildings to investigate, school district spokeswoman Julie Houston Trieste said.

No smoke was seen and firefighters were called as a precaution. The school district workers were able to repair the issues and students returned to class within the hour, Trieste said.

Update 2:30 p.m.: Fire Rescue crews have cleared the scene of a smoke investigation and students have been allowed to return to class, a Palm Beach County School District spokeswoman said.

A section of Roosevelt Elementary School was evacuated at about 11:30 a.m. after smoke was spotted. Students were allowed to return to class at 1:45 p.m., spokeswoman Julie Houston Trieste said.

Original story: A building at Roosevelt Elementary School was evacuated Thursday as fire crews investigated reports of smoke.

Units for West Palm Beach Fire Rescue responded to the school, on West 15th Street north of Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard, at about 11:30 a.m, school district spokeswoman Julie Houston Trieste said.

It was not clear how many students or staff were affected by the evacuation.



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