MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Smoke entered the library at Clinton Elementary School just before noon today, which prompted a building evacuation and a fire department call. 

Jennifer Conners, principal, sent an email this afternoon to the Clinton school community about the smoke situation at the school.

“Today at approximately 11:55 AM we had a smoke smell and light smoke in our Library,” Conners wrote. Emergency procedures were followed and the building was immediately evacuated “quickly and efficiently,” she said, and the Maplewood Fire Department responded. 

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The fire fighters “determined that a belt malfunctioned on a rooftop unit, causing smoke to travel through the ventilation system into the Library area.” She relayed that all students were safely dismissed at the normal time for hybrid learning, 12:05 p.m.

She said that the central office, superintendent Ronald Taylor, and the Board of Education were notified, and the “building is approved to reopen for all staff and students.”


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