Fire in Wy'east Middle School band room contained

By Paul Suarez, Columbian web producer

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Updated: September 27, 2011, 2:48 PM

 

Students were temporarily evacuated from Wy'east Middle School Tuesday after a fire was reported in the school’s band room just before 1:30 p.m.

“Kids were out of the building for approximately 15 minutes,” said Carol Fenstermacher, spokeswoman for the Evergreen School District.

The fire started in a light fixture in the band room, which is separate from the main school building.

When firefighters arrived they were met by Wy'east staff who said all the students were evacuated and the fire was put out by the band teacher using a dry-chemical fire extinguisher, said Kevin Stromberg, firefighter-paramedic with the Vancouver Fire Department.

“That was a huge help for us, not only to have the kids evacuated but for someone to meet us right away with that knowledge,” Stromberg said.

The fire was contained to the light fixture and didn’t cause any additional damage to the building, Stromberg said.