Smoke fills cafeteria, students evacuated

Students at a Johnston County middle school had to wait outside as the fire department investigated Thursday morning (Carter Rabil)

March 15, 2012 10:53:36 AM PDT
Students and faculty at a Johnston County middle school had to be evacuated Thursday morning after part of the school filled with smoke.

The Smithfield Fire Department was called to Smithfield Middle school on Buffalo Road around 11:30 a.m. when the school cafeteria began to fill with smoke.

Students waited outside while fire crews investigated the cause. They soon determined that an electric motor in an HVAC system on the roof caused the problem and called school maintenance personnel to repair the faulty motor.

Students and faculty were allowed back into the school a short time later. No injures were reported.

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