CHANNAHON – A maintenance employee was taken to the hospital Wednesday afternoon after a brief smoke scare at Three Rivers Middle School in Channahon.
Channahon Fire Protection District was called to the school at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday for a report of smoke in the building, Channahon Fire Chief John Petrakis said in a prepared statement.
Upon arrival, fire crews saw no outward signs of smoke or fire. Further investigation of the building saw no signs of smoke or fire hazards, Petrakis said, but a refrigerant supply line was found to have failed. The cause of the failure is not known.
The maintenance employee was evaluated and transported to Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet for possible inhalation injuries associated with refrigerant exposure. Petrakis said the condition of the employee is not known.
Petrakis said crews were assigned to ventilate the common area. Air quality monitoring was conducted to ensure the building was safe for students and staff to return. No additional hazards were identified.
Three Rivers School staff safely moved all students to the exterior of the building prior to the arrival of responding agencies. Students and staff were permitted to return to the building, and the school resumed operations at approximately 2:15 p.m.
Agencies assisting at the scene Wednesday afternoon included the Minooka Fire Protection District, Troy Fire Protection District and Channahon Police Department.
Channahon School District 17 officials were on site with fire and police command staff.