The Elizabethtown Area School District canceled a weather makeup day for all students after a kitchen fire caused $150,000 in damages, the district and police said.
The school district had planned to have class to make up for a snow day on the Washington’s Birthday holiday observed on Monday, Feb. 19, but that was called off. The school district said no additional makeup day would need to be added because the school district has enough class days to meet state requirements.
The fire started in the secondary school’s dishwashing room around 9:45 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 16, and was quickly extinguished by local fire departments, according to a statement from the school. No injuries were reported, and the state police fire marshal was investigating the cause. Elizabethtown Fire Department Assistant Chief Jeremy Shaffner said the cause is not believed to be suspicious.
School officials wrote in a statement that “while the small fire was contained to the kitchen area, the district’s HVAC did draw in the smoke and soot causing several classrooms and common areas to be affected.”
A “smoky odor” was noticeable around the building and black soot was found on desks and walls, the school stated.