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Moravia High School was evacuated around 1 p.m. Tuesday after a car caught fire near the main entrance of the building.

According to a post on the Moravia Central School District's website, mechanical problems with the car caused the fire. Students were relocated to the side of the school away from the fire.

Staff members also moved nearby vehicles away from the burning vehicle, according to the district's post.

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The Moravia Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Fire Chief Bill Andersen said the the department had the fire out within 10 to 15 minutes of arriving on scene.

"We feel fortunate that no one was hurt and that we have a community that handles crisis situations with great efficiency," the post from the school district said. "Thank you Moravia Fire Department, Moravia Police Department and Moravia CSD staff." 

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Staff writer Ryan Deffenbaugh can be reached at (315) 282-2237 or Ryan.Deffenbaugh@lee.net. Follow him on Twitter @Citizen_Deff.

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