Small fire closes Lebanon High School; water pump problem shutters Rindge school
September 26. 2012 7:09AM
LEBANON - A small fire in an upstairs boys' restroom at Lebanon High School Tuesday was quickly extinguished by firefighters but water damaged ceiling tiles, carpeting, computers and other electronic devices causing the school to be closed Wednesday.
Students attending Rindge Memorial School also have the day off because of well problems. Dave Hazelwood, who is in charge of maintenance at the school, said the pump to the school's deep well went out late Tuesday night.
A service crew is expected to arrive at 9 a.m. Wednesday and will hopefully be able to fix it so the school can reopen on Thursday.
Hazelwood said they'll know more once the repair crew arrives.
In Lebanon, the fire started about 1:25 p.m. Tuesday and students and faculty were out of the building by the time firefighters arrived.
A sprinkler head activated and extinguished the small fire that started in a bathroom stall in the upstairs boys' restroom. Once firefighters determined the fire was completely out, electricity and the sprinkler system were shut off. The fire was under control 10 minutes after it was reported.
While the fire was small, the water used to put it out caused significant damage to both the first and second floors of the high school, according to a news release issued by the fire department.
Fire crews cleared out the smoke from the second floor and assisted in cleaning up the water damage.
Power to sections of the building were shut off, however, and students were sent home early Tuesday. The school remained closed Wednesday. School administration is in the process of conducting a full damage assessment.
No one was injured and the fire remains under investigation by the fire and police officials.