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Smoke investigated at Head Start

Thursday, October 30, 2008

SIKESTON -- A smoke investigation forced a Sikeston school to evacuate briefly Wednesday morning.

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety received a call at 9:42 a.m. of a possible fire at Sikeston Head Start, 115 S. West St., in Sikeston. Officials were dispatched to the scene for a smoke investigation, but there was no fire.

"There really wasn't much to it. Smoke was discovered in the building, and they had no idea what the source was so they did what they're trained to do (and called for help)," said Capt. Ken Dicus of Fire Station Two.

School officials erred on the side of safety by evacuating students and staff, Dicus said.

"We believed the cause of the smoke to be related to the heating system and the activation of it," Dicus said.

Officers were on the scene until 10:17 a.m. which is also when school resumed, Dicus said.

Dicus commended the school staff on their performance.

"When we arrived, they had a good accountability of their students and staff," Dicus said. "They did an excellent job. You can't ask more of officials when we arrive at a scene."