Port Orange, FL - Half of the Sweetwater Elementary classrooms that flooded with smoke from a Christmas tree fire earlier this week should be ready to go by Monday.
Volusia County Schools spokeswoman Nancy Wait tells WNDB that’s when they hope to re-open 4 of the 8 affected classroom in Building 3 following Tuesday morning’s incident.
“The other 4 classrooms need more clean up and probably will not be ready until after students return from winter break [on January 7th],” Wait wrote via email.
It all started around 6am Tuesday morning, when a school custodian and an assistant principal discovered that a 2-foot Christmas tree was on fire inside one of the classrooms.
Wait told WNDB that particular classroom does not have a fire alarm since it opens to an exterior area, which is acceptable according to fire code.
The blaze was discovered before any students had arrived for the day.
The fire was successfully contained inside the classroom, but the air conditioning system spread the smoke from that fire out to the other 7 classrooms that make up part of Building 3, which houses students in grades 1, 2 and 3.
The blaze did not impact the school’s operations other than forcing all students and teachers assigned to Building 3 to use the cafeteria instead.
The state fire marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze. No injuries were reported.
Wait says a safety message is going out to other schools to be sure holiday decorations are unplugged at the end of the school day, just to be on the safe side.
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