BREAKING UPDATE 2: Lincoln students return to class after odor or haze forces evacuation

Crews began heading to Pyrtle Elementary around 10:18 a.m.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Students at Pyrtle Elementary School have returned to class after Lincoln Fire & Rescue was called around 10:18 this morning, over a reported confirmed structure fire that led to the building’s evacuation.

At least twelve units were brought in to assist, with the first arrivals reporting only seeing smoke.

A spokesperson for the district tells us there was no fire, but instead an odor or haze.

Students began returning to class around 11 a.m.

No word on what may have caused the issue, and there are no reports of any injuries either.

Pyrtle Elementary School Principal, Kristen Finley, sent an email to parents letting them know about the situation:

Pyrtle families,

We want to make you aware that our students and staff are safe. We have used our Standard Response Protocol of Evacuate while the fire department investigated a report of smoke and odor in our building. After a thorough investigation, it was determined the building was safe and our students returned inside after approximately 45 minutes.

I appreciate how our students remained safe, respectful and responsible during the evacuation. They did a great job of following adult instructions. I am also grateful for the quick response by Lincoln Fire and Rescue.

Please visit our website for more information about our Standard Response Protocols.

Kristen Finley


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