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Ashland High School (file photo)

Parts of school briefly evacuated due to smoke Monday

Portions of Ashland High School was evacuated due to a suspected fire around 9 a.m. Monday, drawing a significant emergency response from fire trucks and ambulances until the cause of smoke in one of the campus buildings could be identified.

The smoke was traced back to an issue with the boiler, Ashland School District posted online. Classes were allowed back into the building. Classes in the library/science building were held in an alternative building until the smoke was cleared.

Ashland Fire and Rescue Battalion Chief Matt Freiheit said the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning unit had a bearing go out which melted some belts and introduced smoke into the building.

There was no fire, the smoke was ventilated and classes resumed normally.

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