Salem El­e­men­tary closed Mon­day fol­low­ing week­end fire

Fire­fight­ers quickly con­tained fire on roof Sun­day af­ter­noon


Salem El­e­men­tary stu­dents had an un­ex­pected day off Mon­day but were ex­pected to be back in class Tues­day fol­low­ing a fire Sun­day af­ter­noon that caused mi­nor dam­age to the roof and al­lowed wa­ter to pour into the gym­na­sium be­low.

“For­tu­nately, the fire­fight­ers ar­rived and put out the fire very quickly so there was no smoke dam­age in­side the build­ing and the school will re­open to­mor­row (Tues­day),” said Stephanie Pat­ter­son, di­rec­tor of com­mu­ni­ca­tions for An­glo­phone East School Dis­trict.

She said the school was closed Mon­day so crews could work on re­pairs to the roof and clean up wa­ter in the gym.

Sackville Fire Chief Craig Bowser said his fire­fight­ers were called to the scene at around 2 p.m. on Sun­day, af­ter a 911 call came in from a passerby who had been walk­ing by the school and no­ticed smoke com­ing from the roof.

Once on site, Bowser said his crew quickly iden­ti­fied the lo­ca­tion of the smoke and flames and worked to sup­press the fire from the roof of the school. The chief said he de­cided to call for as­sis­tance from the Point de Bute Fire Depart­ment, who ar­rived on scene shortly af­ter, and the Dorch­ester Fire Depart­ment, who cov­ered at the Sackville fire sta­tion dur­ing the call.

Bowser said he wasn’t sure upon ar­rival the ex­tent of the fire, so he wanted to have ex­tra back- up in case it was needed.

Bowser ex­plained that al­though the fire was lim­ited to the ex­te­rior of the school, his fire­fight­ers did make sev­eral trench cuts in the roof with a rotary saw to de­ter­mine if the fire was more wide­spread. They were able to lo­cate and cool the hot spots but Bowser said that means there was wa­ter that did get into the school and was dis­persed across the gym floor be­low.

He says the cause of the fire is be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by the Fire Mar­shal’s of­fice.


Sackville fire­fight­ers were called to the scene of a fire at Salem El­e­men­tary school Sun­day af­ter­noon.

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