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The student news site of Mountlake Terrace High School in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

The Hawkeye

The student news site of Mountlake Terrace High School in Mountlake Terrace, Washington.

The Hawkeye

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School evacuates after fire alarm rings after school

A fire alarm sounded around 2 p.m. today as after school clubs and activities began on the MTHS campus. Students were directed to evacuate the building onto the fields in front of and behind the school. Staff guided the students to wait on the fields until the building was declared safe to enter at about 2:40 p.m.

Assistant principal Dan Falk pulled the fire alarm after smoke was detected by staff in the main office complex of the school. The cause of this smoke was unknown and the surrounding fire departments, including the Mountlake Terrace and Edmonds Fire Services, promptly showed up to investigate, along with representatives from the Mountlake Terrace Police Department who oversaw the scene.

Assistant principal Peter Schurke sent out an email to staff explaining the situation minutes after the staff resolved the issue with the emergency services conducting the investigation. In the email, Schurke explained that the smoke was a maintenance issue and not an immediate concern for school safety.

“The fire department came and determined that there does not appear to be an active fire. They speculate that it is smoke from a poorly adjusted belt in the HVAC system and have referred the matter to our maintenance department,” Schurke wrote in the email.

The HVAC system refers to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system which services the school throughout the year. The investigation found the issue in the HVAC system could be resolved by the maintenance staff without supervision by the fire department.

After school clubs and activities were able to resume after students were allowed back into the building. In the final part of his email, Schurke expressed his gratitude to the staff for their assistance in evacuating the building and ensuring that the investigation could be conducted.

“Thank you all for your quick responses in assisting us to get the building cleared,” Schurke told staff in the email.

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About the Contributors
Nolan DeGarlais, Editor-in-Chief
Editor-in-Chief Nolan DeGarlais is in his senior year of high school and is a fourth-year staff member of the Hawkeye. This year, Nolan hopes to lead the Hawkeye in coverage of all of the events that have the potential to impact the school community. Nolan also hopes to further develop the Hawkeye as an editor and a leader by helping other staff members to be successful in all aspects of journalism, including writing, graphics, photography and design. Under his leadership, Nolan hopes that the Hawkeye will continue to shine as one of the top student publications in the state and nation. In his free time, he enjoys reading, hiking, watching movies and spending time with friends.
Meghan Park, Hawkeye Staff
Alex Park is a sophomore at Terrace, returning for her second year of Hawkeye as a staff writer and photographer. She is also involved in other clubs such as TSA, Writing Club and others. She is also in the STEM pathway of biotechnology.
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