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Leonard High evacuated after science lab fire

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A hazmat unit was called in after a chemical fire at Leonard High School on November 8, 2019. (KTEN) A hazmat unit was called in after a chemical fire at Leonard High School on November 8, 2019. (KTEN)

LEONARD, Texas — Leonard High School was evacuated on Friday after a science lab experiment went awry.

Leonard Independent School District Superintendent Brad Maxwell said 17 students were in the classroom with their teacher when an experiment involving phosphorus erupted in flames around 11:30 a.m.

The teacher and students used fire extinguishers to put it out, but the fire department and emergency medics were called as a precaution.

Maxwell said all involved were checked by paramedics and the students were released to parents.

The high school and junior high were evacuated after the incident. High school students were sent home for the day; junior high students later returned to the classrooms.

A hazardous materials unit was at the scene to assess the situation.

Leonard High School, at 1002 North Poplar Street in Leonard, is in Fannin County, about 28 miles southeast of Sherman. It has an enrollment of just under 300 students in grades 9-12.

KTEN has a crew at the scene and we'll have additional information on the air and online when details can be confirmed.

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