Fire alarm at Mauriceville Elementary

Mauriceville Elementary

A fire alarm at Mauriceville Elementary alarmed some local parents and other citizens after confusing information was circulated via social media, Little Cypress-Mauriceville CISD reports.

According to a statement from Mauriceville Elementary Principal Buffy Knight, the fire department responded to the school after the fire alarm sounded in the 5th grade building at about 9:40 a.m. on Dec. 17. Students and staff immediately evacuated the building and other buildings on campus. Firefighters inspected the structure but found no evidence of heat, smoke or fire, Knight reported the morning of the incident. Students in the kindergarten and main buildings at the school were also evacuated but allowed to return to class at 10 a.m. while the 5th grade building was inspected. According to the principal, the fire chief granted permission for all students and staff to return to the 5th grade building at 10:10 a.m. and congratulated the campus for their quick action and response.

"The students and staff did an amazing job!  All students have returned to their classrooms and are back on schedule," Knight said in a statement to the school's parents.

Apparently, according to the statement from LCMCISD, some social media reports indicated the fire was at various campuses in the district and included differing reports on the "intensity" of the fire that supposedly caused the alarm to sound. Knight reminded parents and other concerned members of the community that it was false alarm.

"There was never any evidence of observable smoke or fire," Knight reiterated in a later statement. "The teacher just reported a beeping coming from the fire alarm pull switch and a faint smell of smoke."

She said she expects a follow-up inspection of the fire alarm to take place soon by Texas Fire and Communications.