Small fire at East Troy High School prompts evacuation, early dismissal

EAST TROY — A small fire at East Troy High School prompted an early dismissal for students on Tuesday, Sept. 25.

East Troy officials say around 10:45 a.m., a hot plate being used for a class presentation caught fire. Though it was under control quickly by school staff, the fire created a lot of smoke.

As per emergency procedures, the school was evacuated.

Students were released home for the remainder of the day on Tuesday. An air quality evaluation will be conducted to ensure it’s safe to return.

East Troy High School released the following statement:

“At approximately 10:45 a.m. today, a hot plate that was being used for a high school class presentation caught fire. While the fire was quickly controlled by school staff, the fire produced a large amount of smoke. As per emergency procedures, the high school and middle school were evacuated in an orderly way.

Students in the class were evaluated by the fire department and released. One student was taken to the hospital by the student’s parent.

While the middle school students have returned, high school students have been released while the areas affected are being restored. Before students and staff return to the school, a thorough air quality evaluation is being conducted to ensure a safe and clean environment.

Information about whether the high school will be open for tonight’s activities and for class tomorrow will be determined soon and will be provided via the district’s website and parent alert system.  

The district wishes to thank students and staff for their assistance during the evacuation and for the professionalism and care of the emergency personnel who responded so quickly.”