Western School of Technology in Catonsville to reopen after fire

Two portable classrooms, roof of main building damaged in blaze

April 11, 2013|By Kevin Rector and Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun

The Western School of Technology and Environmental Science in Catonsville is scheduled to reopen Friday after an early-morning fire Thursday damaged two portable classrooms and the roof of the high school's main building, school officials said.

Staff worked Thursday to prepare the building for reopening and ensure that it would be safe for students, school system spokesman Mychael Dickerson said.

Firefighters responded to the school in the 100 block of Kenwood Avenue about 2:34 a.m. Thursday for reports of a possible fire and found one portable classroom engulfed in flames, with the fire spreading to a second portable classroom, according to the Baltimore County Fire Department.

Firefighters called for more support as the fire spread to the main building's roof and caused smoky conditions inside, the department said, but damage there was limited.

Between 75 and 100 fire personnel from Baltimore and Howard counties as well as the city assisted in fighting the fire, which was brought under control at 3:31 a.m., the county fire department said.

There were no injuries. Fire investigators are still trying to determine the cause.



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