Maplewood, New Jersey: Columbia High School on Parker Avenue in Maplewood was briefly evacuated this afternoon, reportedly due to a leak in the boiler room in the basement of the school's A wing. The fire alarm rang during period 9 at approximately 2:40pm, and students returned to class approximately 15 minutes later, just before the end of the school day. Parker Avenue was briefly shut down by Maplewood Police officers and Columbia High School security officers between Valley and Academy Streets.
"I'm glad everyone was prepared for the evacuation", said assistant principal Michael Healy in an announcement to students and staff.
Joseph Callaghan, the Deputy Chief of the Maplewood Fire Department, told Essex County Place that "the boilers were shut for repair", and that "the evacuation went smoothly".
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