MOUNT VERNON — A small fire broke out at Mount Vernon High School on Thursday, due to an unexpected malfunction with an outlet in a classroom on the second floor. This fire resulted in the school being evacuated for 17 minutes.

The outlet was found in room 221, according to Superintendent Bill Seder. Seder explained that a teacher noticed a “hot smell” and alerted the administration. There were no classes going on in the room at the time.

It was originally thought to be a light, but it was discovered to be an electrical outlet. The administration called the Mount Vernon Fire Department as a safety precaution.


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