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Small Fire Contained in Lanes Mill School Library

A fire was contained to a heating unit in the library at Lanes Mill Elementary School in Brick, Township Fire Prevention Officer Kevin Batzel said, but the heat from a malfunctioning heater valve ignited nearby books and a desk.

Batzel said the school's fire alarm was activated, and firefighters arrived to put out the small blaze with a fire extinguisher.
No injuries were reported.

Batzel said it appeared as though a hydraulic heat ventilation valve in the library malfunctioned, creating a heat condition that ignited combustible materials in the room.

The alarm went off at 2:35, shortly before the school day ended. The fire was under control at 2:55 p.m., Batzel said, and students were allowed back in to retrieve any belongings before school busses departed. Lanes Mill has no fire sprinklers.

"The fire is out," Batzel said. "Students and staff returned to the building after evacuation considering the cold outdoor temperature."

The incident was under control after personnel from Brick Fire Stations 24 and 23 arrived, followed by Brick EMS and police. Batzel said they are still at the scene overhauling any impacted areas, and a township fire inspector will be filing a report.

"It was more a smoke condition than a fire condition," Batzel said. "Ventilating the area was the next step after using the fire extinguishers."

The school's heating system remains off and a school mechanic is working on clean-up, Batzel said.
Karen Aber Ploransky January 08, 2014 at 03:51 PM
No Sprinkler System???? how is that possible--I thought all public buildings HAD to have them--especially schools!!! With the amount of taxes we pay in this town I am disgusted and horrified by this. This is a disgrace. What the heck is our Town Council thinking--these are our children! What about the other schools? Brick HS is literally falling apart, Osbornville or Drum Point can't even drink the water--I shudder to think what else is happening.
dcnj January 08, 2014 at 04:06 PM
My kids were not allowed to go back in to get coats but they did get home safe and sound. That's all that matters.
Tamatha Marie January 08, 2014 at 04:22 PM
While I agree that the most important thing is that the children got home safe and sound, I want to know why there are no sprinklers in the school? It should be a mandated thing and the school should be coded. Who's to say it won't happen again, this weather is so unpredictable, the heating system should also be updated.
Craig Ramme January 08, 2014 at 04:25 PM
So if the heating system is shut off, what do the kids do about school tomorrow? I can't see any major repairs being made overnight...
Kristin McCombs January 08, 2014 at 04:45 PM
The students were not allowed back in the school. My child came home with no jacket and no backpack but I'm thankful she is safe. Well Done Lanes Mill!!!!
pam ulrich January 08, 2014 at 04:52 PM
This town NEEDS to fix the schools. How are there no sprinklers in the school? Wake up Brick tax payers, the quality of the schools in this town is directly tied to the value of your home. So as the schools keep slipping so do the values of your homes. The tragic part of this is that our future, the children of Brick, are slipping through the cracks along with the schools and home values. Time for updates and new schools. So glad all staff and children were safe.
WMS826 January 08, 2014 at 05:10 PM
It us called Abbot school districts...look it up.....the schools in the inner cities are funded by..you and I through taxes while our schools in the so called privileged white suburbs are rotting. Take a ride to Asbury Park, Newark and any other failing city to see brand new schools.
GT January 08, 2014 at 05:43 PM
"It was more a smoke condition than a fire condition," Batzel said. "Ventilating the area was the next step after using the fire extinguishers." >>>(Most sprinkler systems are set off by flames, not smoke. Although smoke sensors in the room will set off the alarm. No sprinklers doesn't mean no fire alarm system. As far as sprinkelers, if they were required by the state they'd be there. Many older existing buildings don't require sprikelers, but they do have fire alarm systems for sure...)
Reese Hackett January 08, 2014 at 05:50 PM
That is untrue we were not aloud back in the building we we're put on the bus and sent home with out backpacks
Concerned Citizen January 08, 2014 at 07:37 PM
It's kinda hard to pay for sprinklers in our schools when the majority of the town's budget goes towards paying the police department (highest in the state).....
Lorraine January 08, 2014 at 09:16 PM
@concerned citizen - the police officers salaries have nothing to do with the schools. Your municipal taxes are totally a separate budget from your school taxes. The town just collects the school tax, it does not make up the budget. For years there has been an outcry to keep the schools up to date, but many in town do not want to pay for anything. I suggest you go to a school board meeting and see how a certain age demographic of the town feels about the school boards budget. I believe a major overhaul of all the schools went to the ballot a few years back and it was voted down.
none of yobusiness January 08, 2014 at 10:59 PM
Ill tell you why we have no sprinklers in Lanes Mill School and why some others need repair. Every time the district wants to do some repairs the ten million seniors come out and vote against it. Why should they care? Their kids are grown and their grandkids live in North Jersey and N.Y.
J.JONES January 08, 2014 at 11:13 PM
WOW No sprinkler system but we can build new bleachers for Brick High School Football that was in the budget ..damn...
Kelly Shier Hiotis January 09, 2014 at 07:40 AM
I believe the problem is not that the seniors vote against it, its more all the parents that don't bother. Its absurd the number of people with children in the schools that actually go vote for school budget.
penny January 09, 2014 at 11:21 AM
Having a child at Lanes Mill School, I am extremely happy with the way the school handled the situation. My child was kept calm and confident, not scared throughout. She was put on her bus and arrived home safely. Let's thank God for the blessings we have. Our children's safety was put first and they all got home that way due to the caring staff at Lans Mill School, especially Mr. Luckenbach and Mrs. Goodfellow. At the board meetings I have went to, it seems to me this particular board is trying very hard to fix everything they can with the money they have, due to failing budgets over the years. I give them credit too. Let's look to the positive here.
penny January 09, 2014 at 11:23 AM
I would also like to commend all the teachers that watched out for all our students and made sure they got to where they had to go safely. You were all amazing in a very scary situation. I watched all of you as you held on to students and comforted them when they were scared or confused as to what was going on. You did a GREAT JOB! Just my opinion for being there. My daughter is no worse for the wear.


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