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Classes Canceled After Wilmington School Fire

Following Tuesday's three-alarm fire at Wilmington Friends School, classes have been canceled for the remainder of the week

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    Auditorium Catches Fire at Wilmington School

    A fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at the Wilmington Friends School in Wilmington, Delaware. The fire broke out just after 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the school. Two firefighters were injured in the blaze, but no students suffered injuries, according to firefighters. NBC10's Byron Scott reports. (Published Tuesday, April 17, 2012)

    Students and staff were evacuated when a three-alarm fire broke out at a private school in Wilmington, Delaware on Tuesday afternoon. On Wednesday, classes were canceled for the remainder of the week and the fire damage was estimated at one million dollars.

    "We were already outside and all we saw was smoke so we were really scared," said Jacob Morris, a student at the Wilmington Friends Middle/Upper School.

    The fire started in the auditorium just after 12:30 p.m. at the school. Some students thought it was a fire drill.

    "Then we see a lot of dark smoke. . .So the teachers started yelling, 'Move to the other side of the street!'" said Gray Flannigan.

    Fire at Wilmington Private School

    [PHI] Fire at Wilmington Private School
    A fire broke out Tuesday afternoon at the Wilmington Friends School in Wilmington, Delaware. It started in the auditorium at the middle and upper school at 101 School Road, according to the school's website. There were no immediate reports of injuries, according to firefighters. Students and firefighters were evacuated as a precaution as smoke poured out of the upper school building, firefighters said.
    (Published Tuesday, April 17, 2012)

    Firefighters were pulled out of the building at one point because they feared the roof could collapse. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.

    By 4 p.m. the fire was under control. Firefighters were watching hot spots and making sure the walls were structurally sound.

    School officials say there will be no class Wednesday for the Middle/Upper School. The Delaware State Fire Marshal's Office is investigating and say there is an estimated $1 million in damages to the school.

    One of the students told us she felt really bad for the drama students.

    "Right now they're starting the school play this week, so that's where all the set is, so I'm really sad that they're not going to be able to do it," said Sophia Clark.

    Wilmington Friends was founded as a Quaker school in 1748 and serves students from kindergarten through 12th grade.

     

     


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