Equipment owned by the Laurelton Fire Company in Brick. (Photo: Laurelton Fire Company)
Equipment owned by the Laurelton Fire Company in Brick. (Photo: Laurelton Fire Company)

A small fire that forced the evacuation of Emma Havens Young Elementary School Thursday morning has been traced to a conduit unit linked to the school solar power system.

School staff called 911 at 9:07 a.m., said Richard Orlando, deputy fire marshal for the township.

“We found a small fire that was burning, but it was not the building,” he said. “It was the conduit to the solar system.”

Once the conduit was disconnected, the fire stopped burning, however there was a smoke condition in the electrical room of the school and the entire building was evacuated out of an abundance of caution.

Orlando said crews, including JCP&L, have mainly left the scene and the building should be cleared for students to return Friday.

All of the township’s fire companies responded to the incident, Orlando said.