"Initially when it went out I started to panic at first. But then I said no, I have to be strong because I knew (one of my students) has asthma and I had to be strong for him and my other three kids as well," said McIntyre. She and the pupils were freed when power was restored. The outage, lasting about 45 minutes, was caused by birds that caused a short at an electrical substation.
Members of the Dothan Fire Department were working to manually bring the elevator to the ground floor when power was restored.
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