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November 1, 2013

Cullman High evacuated for false fire alarm (UPDATED)

CULLMAN — Cullman Police and Cullman Fire Rescue responded to a fire alarm call at Cullman High School around 1:30 p.m. on Friday which appeared to be an issue with a smoke detector.

Law enforcement officials said the high school was evacuated, but there wasn’t a fire on the campus. Cullman High Principal Dr. Elton Bouldin said a faulty smoke detector was to blame for the incident.

“We had a bad smoke detector to go off around midnight Thursday and a worker came in and worked on it until around 2 a.m.; We thought the problem was fixed,” Bouldin said. “The detector went off again on Friday, so it was a mechanical issue that caused it to go off.”

Bouldin said the alarms continued to go off until school let out as the problem hadn’t been resolved because workers were having trouble locating which sensor was bad.

No injuries were reported following the incident, and officials say no students were involved in the smoke sensor going off, it was simply a malfunction of the alarm system.

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