There was no fire and no one was in danger at any time, according to an email notice sent to parents late Thursday. A basketball game was relocated to the Skokie School, said John Krupa, District 36 spokesman.
The reason we sent out the community release was we had a gym full of community members at Washburne for a basketball game so there was a huge fire department presence at Washburne and the parents all saw this," Krupa said.
A group was baking cookies in the teacher's lounge but forgot about them when they left the area, the notice says. Smoke from the oven set off the fire alarm and the fire department responded. Steve Schacherer, assistant principal, removed the burned cookies from the oven, the notice says.
"All these parents and community members had questions about what happened at the school," Krupa said. "Other than having them wonder about the severity of the fire, we sent [the email notice] out last night. We want to be as open and as transparent as possible with the community."
Krupa said the email was not sent out because of last week's false alarm hostage situation at Carleton Washburne. The district has not fielded many calls from parents or community members since the incident, Krupa said.
"Very quickly, the community understood that this was an accident, so we didn't get a lot of calls about it because we had a really efficient, coordinated response," Krupa said.