Elnora, IN – Fire at elementary school suppressed by sprinkler system; School in session next day

Firefighters were called to North Daviess Elementary School Thursday evening. The Daviess County Sheriff’s Department reports an alarm was sounded at 6:51 p.m. at the school at 5498 E. SR 58 and the Elnora Fire Department was dispatched to the scene.

“We had a motor for an exhaust fan in an electrical closet short out, causing a small fire,” said North Daviess Superintendent Robert Bell. “The sprinkler system in the closet engaged and knocked down the fire right away.

“We had crews in the building all night trying to get the water up and dry out the building,” said Bell. “The Elnora Fire Department went way above and beyond their duty because a lot of them stayed and helped us with the clean-up.”

Everyone was evacuated from the building during the fire and no injuries were reported. An investigator from the Indiana Fire Marshal’s Office was called in to look at the fire but there are no reports of anything suspicious. Officials say they were not able to put a dollar amount on the estimated damages.

“The crews did a really good job with the drying out and cleaning up,” said Bell. “We were able to start school as normal without any problems at all.”

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