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Short circuit prompts Needham school evacuation

Posted by Erica Noonan, Globe West March 19, 2007 11:27 AM

NEEDHAM

A short-circuit in a classroom heater prompted fire officials to evacuate Mitchell Elementary School in Needham this morning.

Smoke and a bad smell kept children and teachers outside the Brookline Street building for about 30 minutes while firefighters examined the heater, said Needham Deputy Fire Chief Charles Rizzo.

A school nurse will evaluate the air quality in the affected classroom before children resume classes there, Rizzo said.

-- Erica Noonan

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