- Associated Press - Friday, February 13, 2015

TOLLAND, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut officials say two high school students were taken to a hospital for exposure to freezing temperatures after their school was evacuated during a fire.

Tolland High School was evacuated Friday morning after officials say a burst pipe caused a brief electrical fire. Fire officials say many students didn’t have their coats when they left the building.

Hundreds of students and staff walked about a half mile to the town’s middle school as temperatures were in the single digits and wind chills were below zero.

The two students taken to the hospital were OK and discharged. They were among about a dozen students evaluated at the scene.

School Superintendent Walter Willett said many people chose to walk to the middle school, although buses were available. He said protocols were followed.

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