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.