Adams Elementary School briefly evacuated for smoke alarm in break room

Students and teachers at Adams Elementary School were briefly evacuated to the playground Wednesday morning after smoke began coming from a break room, according to a school official.

The smoke was from a worn out motor on an air conditioning unit that pushed smoke into the room, Long Beach Fire Department spokesman Jake Heflin said.

“The evacuations took place as a precaution, but the school is returning to normal operations,” Long Beach Unified School District spokesman Chris Eftychiou said.

The incident lasted less than 30 minutes with no injuries and no major damage, according to Eftychiou. He said the school has returned to normal operations.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.