Lacey Township, NJ – Fire at middle school knocked down by sprinkler system; Terrarium possible cause

Firefighters and other first responders put out a fire at Lacey Township Middle School Tuesday. Nobody was hurt, according to school officials, and police said students had not even arrived at school when the fire broke out.

“The Middle School experienced an isolated small fire this morning in a second-floor classroom while the building was unoccupied activating the fire suppression system,” according to a Facebook post from the township public school district.

Township police issued a statement later in the day.  The fire “may have started in a terrarium within the classroom,” wrote police Capt. Patrick Ganley.

Firefighters from the Forked River and Lanoka Harbor volunteer fire companies knocked down the fire, and “minimal fire and smoke damage was reported, however as a result of the sprinkler system activation, there was a significant amount of water in the classroom and the surrounding areas that needed to be cleaned,” Ganley said

Staff and students from the middle school instead reported to the gymnasium at the Lacey Township High School on the same campus, according to police and school officials. Middle school students were dismissed early.

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