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Fire causes SHS students, staff to briefly evacuate last week

Students and staff evacuated Somerset High School last Wednesday afternoon when a SMART Board shorted out, and caused a fire in one of the building's classrooms.1 / 2
A closeup of the SMART Board that shorted out. As of Monday, Nov. 7, District Administrator Randy Rosburg said they are still waiting on the damage estimate, but the classroom is cleaned and back in use.2 / 2

Students and staff evacuated Somerset High School last Wednesday afternoon when a SMART Board shorted out, and caused a fire in one of the building's classrooms.

District Administrator Randy Rosburg said melted plastic from the SMART Board caused a fire and damaged the classroom wall and carpet.

As of Monday, Rosburg said no damage estimates from the blaze had yet to be determined. The classroom has been cleaned, however, and is in use.

All students and staff safely evacuated to the middle school while the school was ventilated to clear the smoke.

New Richmond, St. Joseph and Somerset Fire responded to the incident.

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