Webster Groves High School dismissed Wednesday after electrical panel problem

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WEBSTER GROVES, Mo. - Webster Groves School District officials canceled classes at Webster Groves High School today after a problem with an electrical panel forced an evacuation at the campus.

Everything unfolded just after 8:00 a.m. Wednesday morning only minutes after school started for the day. Authorities tell FOX 2 somehow steam got into an electrical panel in the basement causing a short in the panel.

We’re told that somehow a hole was actually burned in the panel. That whole situation prompted steam to other areas around the high school.

There was concern initially that smoke was in the school so that prompted a complete evacuation of Webster Groves High School.

Some 1,400 students and staff were evacuated and were waiting for some time outside the high school around the intersection of Selma and Lockwood while authorities figured out what to do.

Ameren and Spire workers were called in and the determination was made that the damage was enough to dismiss for the day and send students home.

At this point, we have no word about whether this situation might impact classes for Thursday

School district officials say the evacuation was orderly and there were no injuries from the entire incident.

We’re told families were notified about the high school being dismissed for the day.


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