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Murphy Junior High Students Drenched After False Fire Alarm

Sep 08, 2015 02:41PM ● Published by Steven Jack

A false fire alarm at about 12:15 p.m. Tuesday forced hundreds of Murphy Junior High students out into a downpour.

According to an email from the school, the building was evacuated after staff verified that the alarm had not been inadvertently pulled. After students and faculty waited outside in the driving rain for a few minutes, staff determined the school's gym would be a "safe zone" where students could wait until an all-clear notification was given.

"(We) 
moved all students in there so that we could finish accounting for students and if need be, quickly evacuate the building again," said the school's message to parents. 

After the all-clear, students were sent to their homerooms where they were to dry off or directed to change into their dry PE uniforms. The school operated under a modified schedule for the rest of the day, and soccer and cross country were cancelled for after school.

"We are happy to report everyone is soggy but safe," the email said. 

Josh Walters, Battalion Chief with the Oswego Fire Protection District, said the false alarm likely was triggered by the storm. 


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