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No injuries in kiln fire at Avon High School

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    Avon Firefighters respond to a kiln fire at Avon High on Mar. 15.

    STEVE MANHEIM / CHRONICLE

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AVON — A kiln fire shortly before dismissal Friday afternoon at Avon High School did not result in any injuries, Avon Schools Superintendent Mike Laub said.

Events scheduled Friday night at the high school were canceled as a precaution, but other weekend activities will go on as scheduled, he said.

The fire in the kiln, in an art room at the back of the building, was put out by the Avon Fire Department, as Avon police and high school staff assisted in an orderly dismissal just before 3:30 p.m. when the emergency was reported.

“After you put the fire out, you have to make sure there’s no re-ignition, so we kept that area sealed from kids for safety reasons,” Laub said. “And this happened right before dismissal, so some parents were already outside in their cars pulling in to pick up their students.”

Despite the emergency response and the potential for chaos during pickup, Laub said the Avon Fire Department, Avon Police Department and adults at the high school “did a fabulous job” making sure everyone stayed safe and was able to get off the property in an orderly fashion.

“We were worried about getting kids to safety,” Laub said. “All students are safe and all staff are safe, that I’m very happy to report.”

Some students were able to get their belongings from areas unaffected by the fire. Others who had to leave belongings in lockers or classrooms will be allowed back into the building between 8 and 10 a.m. Saturday morning to retrieve them, Laub said.

Most of the property damaged by the blaze can be replaced, though it was “upsetting” that some artwork also was damaged, he said.

Emergency plans in place for such an incident “worked really well, just more complicated because it was at dismissal,” Laub said. “I thought we managed it pretty well.”

Contact Dave O’Brien at (440) 329-7129 or do’brien@chroniclet.com. Follow him at @daveobrienCT on Twitter.
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