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Oct 13, 2010 2:00 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Students evacuated from Hampton Bays Elementary School on Tuesday

Oct 13, 2010 2:00 PM

Hampton Bays Elementary School students had to be evacuated for about 15 minutes on Tuesday morning after a malfunctioning condensate pump in the school’s industrial freezer created a burning odor, according to school district officials.

According to Kelly Mooney, a spokeswoman for the Hampton Bays School District, the pump burned out at around 11:30 a.m. and, because of the strong smell it emitted, all students were evacuated to the neighboring middle school. No injuries were reported, according to school officials.

“It was seamless and efficient,” said Hampton Bays Schools Superintendent Lars Clemensen, referring to Tuesday’s evacuation efforts. “[We] evacuated in immediate time and, at that point, we moved the kids to another building.”

Elementary school students were directed to the middle school, which is located next door, while members of the Hampton Bays Fire Department conducted their investigation. Students were allowed to return to the building after firefighters completed their investigation.

“The initial reaction was that there was a fire,” said Larry Luce, the business administrator for the Hampton Bays School District. “We evacuated the kids; that’s standard procedure.”

Mr. Luce noted that once power was cut off to the freezer, the burning smell began to dissipate almost immediately. Students were allowed to return to the school a short time later, he said.

The Hampton Bays Fire Department did not return calls on Tuesday.

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I am all for safety for the kids but, HELLO, are we that beholden to lawyers? This is what rules all. No Body wants a lawsuit. Smell, geez! half the hall monitors and staff had odors that we could have litigated on! LOL
By bobba (39), southampton on Oct 12, 10 8:13 PM
You just proved that it is possible to put a negative spin on any positive story. Nowhere was there any mention of lawyers or litigation in this piece.
By METCOMedia (116), Hampton Bays on Oct 12, 10 9:13 PM
Thank you, I had to read the article twice because I thought I missed mention of lawyer involvement.
By Sag Native (54), East Hampton on Oct 14, 10 2:54 PM
When you see and smell smoke, you should assume there is a fire! The school staff and students reacted correctly. The first priority is student safety, then you try to figure out what is burning! GREAT JOB HBES! GO BAYMEN!
Oct 12, 10 9:02 PM appended by METCOMedia
Also, thank you HBFD for your part in keeping our Kids and School safe!
By METCOMedia (116), Hampton Bays on Oct 12, 10 9:02 PM
Excellent work on the part of the school personnel and the HBFD! Thanks for your great efforts!
By Robert I Ross (250), Hampton Bays on Oct 12, 10 9:26 PM
What is "bobba's" problem? Those are the stupidist comments I've ever read on this site.
By EastEnd68 (888), Westhampton on Oct 13, 10 2:29 PM
Does anyone remember the last incident at the school, chemical spill, Oh No! it's just a drill..... sounds fishy doesn't it? how does it go ....get out there and perform damage control, the people will never know.
By The Crow's Nest (65), Red Creek on Oct 13, 10 4:23 PM
Hmmmm, what really did happen back in August?


By PBR (4956), Southampton on Oct 13, 10 5:43 PM
The story was essentially correct as it reads now. I think the confusion was caused by the fact that it was an antique fire extinguisher that looks like an oil can. You are supposed to throw the extinguisher at the fire and leave the area. There was a box containing a few of these extinguishers on a shelf in the basement. A custodian cleaning the area lifted the box off the shelf and one fell through the bottom of the box and discharged. One of the ingredients in the extinguisher was an acid ...more
By METCOMedia (116), Hampton Bays on Oct 14, 10 1:14 PM
Let the conspiracy theories begin...
By METCOMedia (116), Hampton Bays on Oct 13, 10 6:12 PM