UPDATE: Fire At Wicomico Middle School Causes $30,000 In Damages - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

UPDATE: Fire At Wicomico Middle School Causes $30,000 In Damages

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SALISBURY, Md. - A fire at a local middle school has been ruled as accidental. According Wicomico County Board of Education, the power went out at Wicomico Middle School the second day in a row, at 11:40 AM. All students and staff were relocated to the gym.

Salisbury Fire Department responded to a fire in the electrical room just before 11:50 AM, on Wednesday. 30 firefighters from three Salisbury fire departments responded to the 1 alarm fire. It took them 20 minutes to control the blaze. Damages are estimated at $30,000. No injuries were reported.

Parents are allowed to pickup their students by signing them out. Students are being held in the gym until regular dismissal time.

The Maryland State Fire Marshal's Office says the fire started in the electrical room, and was accidental. It reportedly started with an electrical short in the 10,000 volt mail switch gear.

WCBOE says that the issue from Wednesday, does appear to be related to Tuesday's power outage, a problem with the equipment. On Wednesday, their Department of Facility Services found that a main service breaker into the school had failed, it appeared that an electrical arc inside the switch panel caused internal damage and resulted in a major amount of smoke inside the electrical closet. This prompted the evacuation of students and staff.

The following announcement was sent to parents via ParentLink on Wednesday: 

"Good evening, this is John Fredericksen, Superintendent of Schools. Thank you to all of our parents, students and staff as we dealt with a second power outage at Wicomico Middle School today. Due to the lack of power in the building, Wicomico Middle students will not have school on Thursday, Oct. 10 or Friday, Oct. 11. We anticipate having the school open on Monday, and a confirmation call will be made to you on Sunday."

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