Students return safely to classes

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue investigators say a malfunctioning commercial warming oven caused an accidental kitchen fire Thursday afternoon at Five Oaks Middle School.

Fire crews were dispatched to the school at 16000 N.W. 173rd Ave. just before 11:40 a.m. on a report of a kitchen fire.

"Initially, we were told an oven was on fire and staff was using a fire extinguisher to put out the flames," said Lt. Tim Nokes, fire district spokesman.

As several crews responded to the scene, school personnel safely evacuated an estimated 1,200 students from the building, including those who were eating in the cafeteria at the time.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered smoke in the cafeteria. The flames were out, and the fire was contained to a commercial warming oven, Nokes said. No injuries were reported.

About 25 firefighters worked to clear the building of smoke and ensure the school was safe for students to return to classes.

Students were outside for about 40 minutes.

Because the fire occurred after the first lunch was served, the school switched to a delayed schedule to allow the remaining students to eat.

A damage estimate has not yet been released.

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