CHICAGO — Students were evacuated from Higgins Elementary Community Academy in West Pullman after smoke from a roofing crew caused a scare, school officials said.
The roofers were performing repairs on the school when smoke entered the building, said David Miranda, a Chicago Public Schools spokesman.
Initially the fire department said there was a fire on the school's roof.
In a tweet sent at 9:25 a.m., the fire department said that after the firefighters got the fire under control, all students were evacuated safely and the building, 11710 S. Morgan St., was being ventilated.
As of 11:30 a.m., students were returning to class and the roofer suspended work near open windows, Miranda said.