COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - The Columbus fire chief praised the staff and students at Heritage Academy following a “small ‘smoke incident’” Friday morning.
According to a City of Columbus news release, a small ceiling-mounted heater in a restroom at the elementary school began smoking. Firefighters are working to determine the cause.
“The smoke was first detected about 15 minutes before class started,” Fire Chief Martin Andrews said.
He said the school’s staff quickly sounded the alarm and the building was emptied in less than two minutes.
Firefighters vented the smoke from the building and classes continued approximately an hour after firefighters received the call.
Andrews said the issue caused a lot of smoke but did little damage. Firefighters checked carbon monoxide levels and found none, he said.