Crews fight fire at Ballston Spa Middle School; school closed until next week

BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Clean up crews have taken over Ballston Spa Middle and High Schools after a fire Sunday afternoon.

“The Middle School will be closed tomorrow while we continue to clean up this area and we assess the situation going forward,” said Ballston Spa Superintendent Joe Dragone.

Though the fire impacted both the middle school and high school, they’re connected. Superintendent Joe Dragone says the high school will be open Monday.

“The good news is the fire was contained,” said Dragone.

Ballston Spa fire Chief David Whittredge says the call came in around 2pm for a fire alarm at the high school. Upon arrival, they smelled and saw smoke.

“We called in automatic mutual aid at that time for a working structure fire,” said Chief Whittredge.

When crews entered the building, they found am mechanical room in the middle school with equipment that the janitors use, on fire. Firefighters put it out in about 15 minutes.

“We had to ventilate the whole school. There was smoke from one end of the school to the other end,” said Chief Whittredge.

There were only people in the high at the time and all got out safely.

“The fire was in the mechanical room so there was a floor cleaning machine in there and assorted tools and those kinds of things, brushes, mops, that were damaged in the fire,” said Dragone.

There’s also water and smoke damage throughout the building, in hallways, classrooms, and locker rooms.

“They’re going to have to have a cleaning crew come in and take care of things…and then the janitorial staff and the maintenance staff will be able to fix things,” said Chief Whittredge.

No matter how much there is to clean up, Dragone’s thankful it’s not worse.

“Everyone was here and it’s credit to them for getting here after that bell and making sure this fire didn’t spread any further,” said Dragone.

The district says the middle school will remain closed until February 13, 2017. Access to the building is prohibited while it is closed for repairs, and there will be no activities or related events in the building until next week.

The Saratoga County Fire Coordinator’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire.

 

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