STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga -- Smoke Rise Elementary School in DeKalb County was evacuated on Monday because of a light haze in the school from its ductwork.

An official with the DeKalb County Fire Department told 11Alive News that students and staff were evacuated for precautionary reasons.

There was no fire or any hazard to students from the ductwork.

Here is the complete statement from the DeKalb County school district:

“Today, around 3:15 p.m. the after school program at Smoke Rise Elementary School was evacuated due to smoke in the basement of the school. The DeKalb Fire Department and Police Department responded. Approximately 20 students, who were on site at the time, were evacuated safely to the school gymnasium to continue normal activities.

"A fan motor in the girls’ restroom was determined to be the cause of the smoke. Smoke is being removed from the building and district staff will make repairs. Operations and schedules at the school will return to normal tomorrow, November 29. At no time during this incident was any student or employee at risk or harmed. The health and safety of our all our students and staff are our most important priorities.”

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