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Students evacuated after fire at Airdrie high school

About 670 students and 70 staff members were evacuated from a Southern Alberta high school this morning when a fire broke out.
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A fire was reported at St. Martin de Porres High School on May 5 resulting in evacuation of students and staff.

About 670 students and 70 staff members were evacuated from St. Martin de Porres High School this morning following a fire that resulted in heavy smoke conditions at around 10:45 a.m., according to the City of Airdrie.

Upon entering the building, Airdrie Fire Department personnel quickly located and extinguished the fire, a press release stated. Members are still on scene to continue ventilation efforts. 

"Due to the amount of smoke, the school was closed for the remainder of the day and students were sent home or transported to St. Paul’s Catholic Church in alignment with the school’s emergency response plan," the release stated, adding parents of students are asked not to go to the school.

"Displaced students may be picked up at St. Paul’s Catholic Church on Main Street."

A cause of the fire was not immediately determined, and the Fire Prevention Bureau is conducting an investigation. According to the City, 13 firefighters and five fire engines were on scene.