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Smoke in preschool causes evacuation

August 12, 2014 News Extra

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CRANBERRY TWP — A furnace motor malfunction this morning caused a minor amount of smoke to accumulate in The Goddard School, prompting an evacuation of the children.

There were no injuries reported at the preschool.

Tom Klingensmith of the Cranberry Township Volunteer Fire Company said at the scene that the motor malfunctioned shortly after 11 a.m. A breaker shut off when the incident occurred and there was never any fire.

“There was a little bit of smoke,” Klingensmith said. “But the breaker tripped and did what it was supposed to do. We checked it out and everything is OK.”

Dina Speranza, owner of the school, said the children were being taken to a church across the street from the school, which is off Rowan Road.

Speranza said other employees noticed a “bad smell” in the school and evacuated the students as a precaution. It wasn’t immediately clear when they would be allowed back in the school.

Each school is owned and operated on an individual basis, and is a franchise of Goddard Systems Inc.

Crews from Cranberry and Adams townships responded to the alarm.

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