Pipkin Middle School Evacuated After Small Fire

Students and faculty had to evacuate Pipkin Middle School in Springfield around noon Monday because of a fire in the basement.

The fire was quickly put out.

There were some initial reports of one case of smoke inhalation.

Springfield Fire crews went through the building floor by floor to air out the smoke.

A spokeswoman for the district says parents were notified that they could pick up their child at the Fusion Center at 1321 north Campbell.

Springfield Police are there to help.

Here's the latest from the school district:

The following phone message was sent to Pipkin parents at 1:18 p.m.:

This is an update to the evolving situation at Pipkin Middle School.

The fire was contained to a small area in the basement but there was a significant amount of smoke. All students are accounted for and are safe.

They have been relocated to the Fusion Center at 1321 N. Campbell Ave.

At this time we request that you pick up your child at the Fusion Center using the north parking lot.

If you are unable to pick up your child before normal dismissal time at 2:45 p.m., Pipkin staff will remain with them at the Fusion Center until you arrive.

Students who normally ride the bus home may still do so but buses will run routes at the normal time so bus riders will not be dismissed early.

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