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RIFLE, Colorado – Graham Mesa Elementary School was evacuated for a second time this school year Thursday morning.

However, unlike an incident in early September that caused the school building to be closed for several days after a suspicious odor sent several students and a teacher to the hospital, students were back in class within 30 minutes Thursday.

Staff members at the school reported a smoke odor in the building around 10:25 a.m., Garfield School District Re-2 spokeswoman Theresa Hamilton said.

As a precaution, staff sounded the fire alarm and the Rifle Fire Department responded.

The school was evacuated while fire officials inspected the building. No smoke or detectable levels of carbon monoxide were found, Hamilton said.

“It is believed that the smell of smoke in the building occurred due to an inversion, keeping smoke from several area controlled burns low to the valley floor in the area of the school,” Hamilton said in a press release.

Students returned to class by 11 a.m.

Graham Mesa Elementary was evacuated on Sept. 1 after 22 students and a teacher became ill from an unknown odor in one of the classrooms and had to be taken to the hospital for treatment.

The school was closed for 10 days while an investigation was done. However, the investigation was inconclusive as to the cause of the odor. Students were sent to Rifle’s other two elementary schools during the investigation.

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado – A fisherman who went missing in the Colorado River near Rifle on Oct. 14 has been identified as 52-year-old Bill Browne of Houston, Texas, according to the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office.

Browne was thrown into the river after the boat he was travelling in crashed into a concrete pillar.

Browne’s family requested that his name be released to the public.

The search for Browne continues.

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