EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – The Alfred S. Faust Intermediate School was evacuated Monday morning due to a smoke condition, police said.

The Alfred S. Faust school was evacuated due to a smoke condition on Mar. 25, 2019. (credit: CBS2)

It happened at around 10:15 a.m. at the school, which is located at 100 Uhland Street in East Rutherford. School staff smelled the smoke and alerted authorities.

It was unnerving scene for students at the school as first responders flooded the surrounding area and evacuated the building as they investigated the smoke condition, CBS2’s Tara Jakeway reported.

“We narrowed it down to a fan on the third floor, a whole fan unit that supplies three individual bathrooms, and we shut that unit down. The smoke condition subsided,” said East Rutherford Fire Department Assistant Chief Kevin Felten.

“Right now all children are safe, no injuries were reported,” said East Rutherford Schools Superintendent Giovanni Giancaspro.

The cause of the smoke is still under investigation, he said.

Out of an abundance of caution, kids were sent home from the school for the day. Giancaspro is advising people to standby for a message through their school alert system about dismissal details.


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