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updated: 8/22/2013 4:22 PM

Overheated fan prompts brief evacuation at Geneva High

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An overheated fan caused smoke to enter a dance studio near the Mack Olson gym at Geneva High School, prompting a safe evacuation of students and staff at 2 p.m. Thursday, school officials said.

The students were allowed back inside the building at 2:30 p.m., just in time for 2:45 p.m. dismissal, said Kelley Munch, District 304 communications coordinator.

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A power outage caused the fan to overheat, which trigged a fire alarm, Munch said.

No injuries were reported and school officials said the evacuation went very smoothly.

"We're very thankful to everyone for their cooperation and we're returning to a normal school schedule (Friday)," she said.

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