MAPLEWOOD, NJ - There was a brief evacuation Thursday morning at Maplewood Middle School after staff smelled a cornering odor, according to an email from the South Orange - Maplewood School District. The evacuation occurred before most students and staff had entered the building, and after investigation, the Maplewood Fire Department gave the all clear to enter the building at 8:30 a.m., stated the email.
 
The full email is as follows:
Dear Maplewood Middle School Families,
This morning, staff smelled an odor of concern on the 2nd floor and the fire alarm was pulled at 8:12 a.m.  The majority of students had not yet entered the building. Those students and staff who were already inside were safely evacuated as a precaution, while the Maplewood Fire Department and Police Department investigated.
 
The Fire Department identified the source of the smell as a steam issue, which did not pose any health concerns. Staff and students were cleared to enter the building at 8:30 a.m., after the Fire Department confirmed it was safe. 
 
As always, student safety remains a top priority in our district. We are grateful to the Maplewood Fire Department and Maplewood Police Department for their quick response and assistance, and to the MMS staff for their swift action to safeguard students. 
 
South Orange Maplewood School District