On Wednesday night around 9:45 p.m. smoke was seen coming out of Clarkstown North High School and the practicing football players had to take a quick break to evacuate the building.
"It came in as an automatic alarm. We got here and there was some smoke in the building. It's a transformer," said New City Fire Chief Kenny Flynn. "Everybody's out of the building. We called O&R and we're waiting for them (to shut power off)."
"We have to de-energize the building. Something in the school is burning up," said an O&R worker at the scene. "We're going to take the power out and (the fire department) will take care of it. Right now, we're making it safe."
Because there are loose, live wires, the fire department has to be on hand in case of a fire while O&R fixes the wires and transformer.
The incident occured just as the Clarkstown North football players were finishing up practice and walking off the field.
"Once we get the OK from O&R, (the football players) can go in, get showered and dressed," said Flynn