Friday classes have been cancelled at Napier Academy after fire damaged a third-floor classroom on Thursday afternoon, according to the school district.
The fire started at about 12:15 p.m. at the Clinton Street school and remained contained in the single classroom which did not have any students or teachers inside at the time, according to city’s deputy fire chief Michael Fleming and district spokeswoman Terry Corallo.
Corallo said the staff and the school’s principal Marc Medley swiftly evacuated the students to a nearby a school within walking distance from Napier Academy. She said there is considerable fire damage to the classroom.
Firefighters at the scene got access to the classroom by using a ladder and extinguished the blaze shortly thereafter. Some areas of the third floor sustained water damaged and the floor reeks of smoke, according to officials.
“Our facilities team will begin the clean-up process this evening and will work throughout the weekend,” said Corallo.
As the clean-up takes place the school will be closed on Friday, October 16th, 2015.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.