Fire forces evacuation of Apollo Middle School - Tucson News Now

Fire forces school evacuation; no injuries reported

(Source: Tucson Fire Department) (Source: Tucson Fire Department)
Parents of Apollo students can pick them up at Liberty Elementary School. Parents of Apollo students can pick them up at Liberty Elementary School.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A school on Tucson's south side was evacuated while firefighters worked to extinguish a fire near the school. 

No injuries were reported.

According to the Tucson Fire Department, a gas line was struck by a piece of equipment being used to cut a trench, which ignited the fire at about 10:15 a.m. 

According to a news release from the Sunnyside Unified School District, there was a construction accident on West Nebraska Street, near the Apollo Middle School campus at 265 W. Nebraska St.

Apollo students and staff were first taken to the south athletic field, then moved indoors at neighboring Liberty Elementary School.

Southwest Gas crews shut down the broken gas line and the situation was deemed under control shortly after 11 a.m.

Parents who wanted to pick up their students were told to do so at Liberty, 5495 S. Liberty Ave., but were told to approach from West Drexel Road because Nebraska Street is closed.

Apollo students had an early release and were dismissed at their normal dismissal time for today, but were dismissed from Liberty rather than returning to their school.

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