Shiprock Fire and Rescue personnel respond to an electrical malfunction incident causing smoke on Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 2014, at Shiprock High School.
Shiprock Fire and Rescue personnel respond to an electrical malfunction incident causing smoke on Tuesday, Feb. 11th, 2014, at Shiprock High School. (Megan Farmer Ñ The Daily Times)

SHIPROCK — Shiprock High School students evacuated the school building Tuesday afternoon after smoke was reported inside the northeast classroom wing. 

Principal Rick Edwards said the smoke was caused by an electrical problem. 

“At no time was anyone really in any danger,” Edwards said during a school assembly Tuesday afternoon.

He said the smell inside the building was strong, and the administration erred on the side of safety and evacuated the students to the Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center. 

Students were not allowed into the high school building after school was released, and after-school activities were canceled, except for sports practice. Athletics continued because the athletic building has separate air circulation and heating systems, school officials said.

Fire crews remained at the school to investigate the cause of the smoke until around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. 

Bus and parent pick-up was rerouted to the Eva B. Stokely Elementary School.

Classes will resume as normal Wednesday. Students will get extra time at the beginning of school to retrieve items that were locked in the school overnight.