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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.
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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