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Burned-out AC unit forces Riverside Elementary evacuation

Posted: October 28, 2011 - 11:40am  |  Updated: October 28, 2011 - 12:31pm
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Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue personnel pack up after checking out at alarm this morning at Riverside Elementary School. The school was evacuated after personnel in a computer lab, which turned out to have come from a burned-out AC unit on the roof.  Valerie Rowell
Valerie Rowell
Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue personnel pack up after checking out at alarm this morning at Riverside Elementary School. The school was evacuated after personnel in a computer lab, which turned out to have come from a burned-out AC unit on the roof.

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A burned-out air conditioning compressor in a rooftop unit forced the evacuation this morning of Riverside Elementary School.

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue units initially were called for a fire alarm, and upgraded en route to a structure fire when personnel saw smoke in a computer lab, said fire department spokesman Jeremy Wallen.

All students and staff were evacuated without incident, Wallen said. Firefighters checking the school found the air conditioning unit smoking on the roof, and school maintenance crews took it out of service.

The only damage to the school was the air conditioning unit.

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