Joppatowne High fire forces students to share classrooms

October 07, 1997|By Lisa Respers | Lisa Respers,SUN STAFF

Students at Joppatowne High School will resume classes tomorrow, this time at a nearby middle school, in the aftermath of an electrical fire last week that has closed their building indefinitely.

The high school students will attend classes from 7: 30 a.m. to 11: 15 a.m. at Magnolia Middle School, 299 Fort Hoyle Road, until repairs are made at their school at 555 Joppa Farm Road. Magnolia students will go to school from 11: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m until the Joppatowne building is repaired.

Donald R. Morrison, spokesman for the Harford County School System, said a football coach noticed smoke coming from a boiler room at Joppatowne on Wednesday. Officials have not determined the cause of the fire, which destroyed the electrical system.

"The electrical nerve center of the school vaporized and caused an undetermined amount of damage," Morrison said. "At this point, we don't know when students will be able to return to classes there."

Morrison said officials are trying to determine if the meltdown affected the entire school's electrical system.

Joppatowne students were out of school Thursday for a professional day and no classes were held Friday, yesterday or today because of the fire.

Pub Date: 10/07/97

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