PARMA, Ohio - Students, faculty and staff were evacuated from Padua Franciscan High School in Parma on Wednesday afternoon, following a small fire.
"I freaked out when one of the teachers said it wasn't a drill," said Peter, a junior.
The Parma Fire Department spokesperson said the fire started from a small electric, plastic fan sitting on a shelf in the weight room, which is located in the school's basement.
By the time fire crews arrived, Principal Dave Stec had put out the fire.
No one was injured.
Students were eventually allowed back into the building to collect their belongings before heading home.
"When we went inside to grab stuff out of our lockers, the first and second floor smelled like smoke," said Peter.
Because of the amount of smoke, Padua is closed Thursday, September 6, 2012. Crews cleaned and ventilated the area. School will resume Friday, September 7, 2012.
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