Petitcodiac Regional School was closed Thursday due to an early morning fire that has been deemed suspicious.
Chief Craig Ramsay of the Petitcodiac Volunteer Fire Department said they were dispatched to the school around 4:20 a.m.
Light smoke was discovered in one of the rooms in the elementary wing of the K-12 school and the sprinkler system was activated.
The fire was contained to one room.
Ramsay said the fire is suspicious and is being investigated by the RCMP and the New Brunswick Office of the Fire Marshall.
School staff are evaluating the damage and the facility is closed.
“For how long, nobody knows,” said Ramsay.
A spokesperson for the Anglophone East School District said they are communicating with the police and fire officials.
More information will be provided to families when it becomes available to the district.
Petitcodiac Regional School is located in the heart of the village and is home to roughly 650 students.
Margaret B. Rost School will not be open Wednesday after a refrigerator fire resulted in extensive damage.
Fire crews were dispatched to the school on Bridgetown Road Wednesday afternoon for a fire alarm activation. When they arrived, Green Township Fire Chief Scott Souders said they found a fridge inside that had caught fire.
The fire had already been put out thanks to the school’s sprinkler system, but Souders said the system caused water damage throughout the building. The fire also resulted in a large amount of smoke, which crews were trying to clear from the school.
A spokesperson for the school said classes are canceled Wednesday — noting they hope to be back Thursday but do not yet know the extent of the damage.
“I would assume at this point it’s not going to be able to be occupied anytime in the next day or two,” Souders said at the scene.
A remediation crew has been called to the school.
Officials said the school was unoccupied when the fire occurred. It doesn’t appear suspicious at this time, but an investigation is underway.
Margaret B. Rost is a school operated by Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services. It focuses on individualized instruction for students with significant disabilities.
There was minor damage to some classrooms after a fire at Watauga High School on Thursday.
At approximately 4:24 PM the fire alarm and sprinkler system were activated in one of the classrooms on the main level of Watauga High School, according to Superintendent Dr. Scott Elliott.
A stovetop in the classroom was inadvertently activated when items were placed on top of the stove. The sprinkler system extinguished the fire before the fire spread to any other classrooms, according to Elliott.
There was minor fire damage to the walls and cabinetry, and extensive smoke and water damage to several classrooms on two floors. Dr. Elliott said they will spend the weekend getting everything cleaned up and repaired before the students return to class on Tuesday.
“I am grateful to all the first responders, most especially the Boone Fire Department, and to our own maintenance and custodial staff for their quick response and assistance. Also, it is a good reminder to every single one of us to be careful around stoves and other appliances. This same thing could have happened in anyone’s home or place of work. In this case, we are fortunate that no one is injured and the classrooms can be repaired.” Dr. Elliott said.
The Coral Gables Fire Department responded to a blaze on the campus of the University of Miami.
It happened Sunday afternoon after officials said a fire sparked in a science classroom.
According to Coral Gables Fire, the building sprinkler system was able to put out the flames and contain it to its room of origin.
Firefighters said chemicals were involved, so a City of Miami Hazmat team was deployed to monitor air quality as an additional precaution.
Hazmat officials gave an all clear, indicating that the chemicals in the fire were contained and did not spread, and they are no longer present.
No injuries were reported.
Rio Rancho Middle School students are reportedly safe after a small fire was extinguished Tuesday morning.
School officials say the fire started in a girl’s restroom in the school’s 500 wing. The fire activated the sprinkler system and alarms which prompted students to be evacuated and fire crews to respond.
No one was injured and the school says all protocols were followed before letting students return to class safely.
School administrators have identified the accused perpetrator and are mulling disciplinary action for them. No other details are available at this time.
Someone started a fire at Bester Elementary School in Hagerstown on Tuesday.
Shortly after 11 a.m., firefighters responded to the school at 385 Mill Street for a fire on the second floor.
The school was being evacuated when first responders arrived and an extinguished fire was found in a bathroom.
Officials said the fire was put out by the school’s automatic sprinkler system and was contained to the one room.
One school staff member was evaluated for smoke inhalation but did not need to be hospitalized.
Officials said the fire was intentionally set, a suspect has been identified, and charges are pending.
School dismissed early for the day after the incident.
Emergency crews responded to a fire alarm at Holmes Elementary School in Spring Lake Thursday morning.
The Spring Lake Fire Department (SLFD) says units arrived at the school after 6 a.m. to find no signs of fire from the outside. Subsequent investigations revealed a small fire that had been put out by a sprinkler inside one of the classrooms, officials explain.
We’re told firefighters remained on scene to help clear out smoke and assist with the school’s cleanup efforts.
SLFD says the incident is an example of how sprinkler systems minimize fire damage and overall risks to public safety.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
Engine Co. 4 was called to Memorial Union for a fire alarm activation. While on scene, firefighters noticed smoke in the first floor kitchen that was getting thicker. Engine 4 prompted a full structure fire response, summoning multiple additional fire crews to the scene.
Engine Co. 4 located a custodial room where an automatic fire sprinkler had activated. There, firefighters found piles of oily kitchen rags smoldering. Memorial Union staff confirmed there was a bag of wet rags with oil mixed in them stored inside the room. The rags are believed to have spontaneously combusted, resulting in fire that triggered the automatic fire suppression system. Ladder Co. 1 remained on scene with Engine Co. 4 to ventilate the smoke and help overhaul the rags.
The Memorial Union was retrofitted with automatic fire sprinklers in recent years during remodeling projects that took place between 2012 and 2017. Without the presence of automatic sprinklers, this incident may have grown much larger before being noticed, and significant damage could have occurred to this historic building.
Following this incident on August 21, damage was contained to the room of origin and an adjacent office. The Memorial Union was re-opened to the public by 12:30 p.m.
On Tuesday, April 11, 2022 around 4:00 pm there was a fire reported in a science classroom at Marshall High School.
The sprinkler system was activated and immediately extinguished the fire. Superintendent Williams shared, “we are fortunate that no staff members were hurt and that the water damage is contained to one classroom”. The fire Chief has allowed re-entry into the building.
School and activities will continue as normally planned.