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Fire alarm abruptly ends BHS homecoming dance

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BLOOMINGTON -- Several hundred Bloomington High School students had a memorable homecoming dance Saturday night when a fire alarm sounded and the school building had to be evacuated shortly before midnight.

A cap on an abandoned water pipe ruptured, filling a second-floor classroom with steam, triggering the alarm, Superintendent Bob Nielsen said.

Bloomington fire personnel were called to the scene at 11:55 p.m., said Assistant Bloomington Fire Chief Steve Giusti. Five fire trucks, an ambulance and an assistant chief's vehicle responded, Giusti said.

The valves of the boiler were shut off. No injuries were reported, Giusti said.

The homecoming dance, which was being held in the north gym, was intended to last from 9 p.m. to midnight. Nielsen said several hundred people, who were in the gym when the alarm sounded, had to evacuate.

The school's maintenance crew cleaned up Sunday morning, and the school will have classes as usual today, the superintendent said. The damage caused is minimal, Nielsen said.

"We'll be good to go" by this morning, he said.

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