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Electrical fire forces evacuation of Ridgewood High School

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Electrical fire forces evacuation of Ridgewood High School
November 4,2013
Boyd A. Loving
8:13 AM

Ridgewood NJ, An electrical fire in a second floor classroom forced the temporary evacuation of Ridgewood High School at approximately 7:30 on Monday morning.  Ridgewood Fire Department personnel snuffed the blaze out with a hand held dry chemical fire extinguisher.

The fire was contained to a malfunctioning electric heater, however smoke spread beyond the affected classroom requiring firefighters to use high velocity fans to eject it.  No injuries were reported and students, faculty, and administrative personnel were able to return to the building 30 minutes after firefighters arrived.   Traffic on streets surrounding the school was gridlocked until fire & police personnel cleared the scene.

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Photo credit: Boyd A. Loving

4 thoughts on “Electrical fire forces evacuation of Ridgewood High School

  1. Thanks for the update and photos Boyd.

  2. Ban electrical heaters. Seriously. Nobody should be allowed to bring them to work. They are fire hazards.

    I see them under desks here at the office here and there, it’s usually the needy drama queen (male and female) types who have them, in addition to their own special order chair, etc.

  3. What a way to start the week!

  4. #3 — Correction . . . RHS is only in session two days this week . . . Professional Development day and then NJEA Teacher Convention!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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