Craig Fire/Rescue responds to a chemical fire caused by a science experiment at Craig Middle School Tuesday afternoon.

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Craig Fire/Rescue responds to a chemical fire caused by a science experiment at Craig Middle School Tuesday afternoon.

Fire at CMS 'did minimal damage'

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— Craig Fire/Rescue reported to what is believed to be a chemical fire at Craig Middle School at 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, after a small fire broke out in Room 208.

There were no staff or student injuries.

Approximately four staff and students were transported to The Memorial Hospital Emergency Room to be checked for exposure to smoke, according to a news release.

All have since been released, said Samantha Johnston,TMH spokeswoman.

"Parents of all students that were in the room where the fire occurred have been contacted and advised to seek medical attention should they show signs of respiratory distress," Moffat County School District Superintendent Pete Bergmann said in a release. "It is recommended that any student that experiences burning nose, burning throat, cough, or difficulty breathing should be evaluated in the ER."

The cause of the fire is being investigated, but appears to have occurred as a result of spontaneous combustion of chemicals.

The fire was extinguished by teaching staff, and the students were immediately evacuated due to smoke. The Fire Department responded to ensure the fire was out and the building was safe. Craig Fire/Rescue turned CMS back to school district maintenance staff about 4:15 p.m.

"The timing of the incident created some logistical problems given that it coincided with the dismissal of school," Bergmann said in the release. "Since many students did not have their coats during the building evacuation, we requested through KRAI, that parents pick up their students at the CIS gym where they were being held. Bus students were safely delivered home."

Damage was limited to the carpet, according to Craig Fire/Rescue.

"In summary, we followed our emergency procedures plan," Bergmann said. "There were no staff or student injuries, the fire did minimal damage, and school will be held as normal tomorrow."

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