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King Middle School Closes Early May 22 Due to Power Outage Issue

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King Middle School Closes Early Friday Due to Power Outage Issue
Posted on 05/22/2015

King Middle School students were dismissed early, Friday, May 22, due to a power issue in the building that could not be quickly resolved. All school activities for King for the remainder of the day were canceled.

Earlier this morning, the power went out in the King Middle School area. When the power was restored, smoke was detected in the gymnasium, so the school was evacuated and the Portland Fire Department was called.

Fire officials shut off the school’s power to investigate the origin of the smoke and a strong odor of burning rubber. They detected a small fire in a motor in the gym’s ventilation system, which they extinguished. As a precaution, the city’s heating and cooling system technicians are checking the rest of the school’s HVAC system to ensure it is functioning safely.

Because it was unclear when power could be restored at the school, the decision was made to release students early, at 10:45 a.m. The district notified the parents of King students by phone and coordinated bus transportation.