Small fire closes St. Frances Academy for day

Building evacuated, but no injuries reported

Cause under investigation

May 13, 2004|By Ben Pillow | Ben Pillow, Staff

St. Frances Academy was evacuated today after a small fire broke out in a fifth-floor ceiling at the school around 8 a.m., according to city fire officials.

There were no reports of injuries at the coed school at 501 E. Chase St., said Kevin Cartwright, a Baltimore Fire Department spokesman. He described the fire as "little to nothing."

Firefighters quickly put out the blaze and ventilated the building, Cartwright said. The cause of the fire was being investigated.

Sister Rita Michelle, a teacher at the school, said officials there suspected it could have been caused by an electrical problem, but she stressed "we can't be sure" at this point.

"We're still in the process of cleanup," she added.

Students were sent home and the school was closed for the day.

"Everyone is safe ... there was no physical harm," Michelle said.

Originally published May 13, 2004, 8:44 AM EDT

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