Kenai high evacuated after reports of smoke, burning smell

All students and staff were reported as safe.

Students were sent home from Kenai Central High School on Monday after smoke and a strong burning smell were reported in the building.

Pegge Erkeneff, the district’s communications director, said there were no visible flames but that “there was a lot of smoke and a strong smell of burnt plastic and a strange electrical smell.”

Kenai Central is completing “extra air changes” to eliminate the smoke.

“A lot of that happens with cross breezes and fans and opening all the windows,” Erkeneff said.

All students and staff were reported as safe. Classes resumed remotely on Monday, to avoid a makeup day at the end of the semester

Erkeneff said the students and staff were prepared for the evacuation because they regularly participate in safety drills. “When we hear fire alarms, we know what to do.”

Sports practices and games were held at the high school at their regular time on Monday. The school board also met at the high school at its scheduled time on Monday.

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