UPDATE: Smoke in Harmony Elementary deemed to be from custodial maintenance

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Officials with Walton County Fire Rescue report that the smoke in Harmony Elementary School on Wednesday evening was not from any fire, but was instead from maintenance equipment.

“The smoke was determined to be from custodial maintenance taking place prior to the fire alarm. The building was thoroughly checked by fire department crews to ensure that there was no other issue at the school,” WCFR Battalion Chief Craig League said Thursday morning. “The last unit cleared from the school at 8:37 p.m. The initial call was at 6:58 p.m.”


After a report of smoke in Harmony Elementary School overnight, officials announced on Thursday morning that the school has been cleared for regular school today, Nov. 30, 2017. Details on cause of smoke to follow.

Initial Story

At 10 p.m. on Wednesday night, Nov. 29, 2017, crews from Walton County Fire Rescue were still working to find the source of smoke in the Harmony Elementary School building.

“Crews initially responded to a fire alarm sounding,” said Capt. Jeff Allen with WCFR. “Upon arrival they found the building full of smoke. They are trying to determine the source of the smoke. They suspect the HVAC system, but are unable to confirm that at this time. The Board of Education is sending their maintainance crew to assist.”

Allen said it was well after hours so no children or staff were present.
“There doesn’t appear to be an active fire, so there is no major cause for alarm. Crews will remain on scene until they locate a cause,” Allen said.
Editor’s Note: Should there be any impact on school in the morning, the story will be updated.

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