Students back in class after evacuation
Students in Norwin's Sheridan Terrace Elementary School were safely evacuated for about 20 minutes early Thursday morning because of smoke in a second-floor classroom, officials said.
The school was evacuated after a maintenance man smelled smoke in a heating and air conditioning element, said North Huntingdon Police Chief Andrew Lisiecki. The Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety was notified at 9:08 a.m. and fire departments from Shafton, Westmoreland City, Straw Pump, Fairmont Hahntown, Circleville, Irwin and North Irwin responded to the call, Lisiecki said.
No fire was detected, Lisiecki said.
A thorough investigation was conducted and once the building was deemed safe, students and staff returned to their classrooms by 9:30 a.m., Sheridan Elementary Principal Heather Newell said in a statement.
School district personnel met following the incident to review and evaluate Norwin's safety procedures, Newell said.