Thursday night fire closes school in Southport on Friday
By WECT Staff | May 6, 2021 at 9:13 PM EDT – Updated May 7 at 10:26 PM
SOUTHPORT, N.C. (WECT) – A fire was reported in the main building of Southport Christian School Thursday evening.
Assistant Fire Chief Todd Coring said one firefighter was transported to Brunswick Novant due to heat related issues.
“Approx 50 firefighters worked to control the blaze,” said Coring. “The cause appears to be an electrical issue in the ceiling where the fire was reported. The employee who called 911 explained seeing smoke from the ceiling inside. After calling 911 flames were visible from the roof. Nothing suspicious found at this point.”
Coring said no other injuries were reported and only one person, a janitor, had to be evacuated from the building.
A post on the school’s Facebook page around 8 p.m. said there would be no school Friday because of a fire in the back half of the elementary building.
Several Brunswick County units were involved in putting the fire out, including units from Oak Island. They had the fire contained and units cleared the scene by around 11:45 p.m.
An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the fire, which is not clear because of the significant damage caused by the fire burning through the roof.
“It’s too early to say right now; like I said, we did have a lot of fire,” said Coring. “The Brunswick County fire marshal’s office has just arrived to assist us to see but we also made contact with the Brunswick County Sheriffs Office with the investigation — just start digging through and checking that out before we announce a cause. We’ve got some ideas.”
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