Fire damages elementary school in Saint John

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The Saint John Fire Department responded to Glen Falls School on Princess Court just before 8 p.m. AT after its alarm was activated. (David Bell/CBC - image credit)
The Saint John Fire Department responded to Glen Falls School on Princess Court just before 8 p.m. AT after its alarm was activated. (David Bell/CBC - image credit)

An elementary school in Saint John was damaged by fire on Saturday evening.

The Saint John Fire Department responded to Glen Falls School on Princess Court just before 8 p.m. AT after its alarm was activated.

"Crews on scene made forcible entry into the school where they were met with heavy, thick, black rolling smoke," Mark Arrand, acting platoon chief with the department, said early Sunday.

Crews extinguished the fire in about 30 minutes.

"I would say the damage is quite moderate. There's fire damage but also significant smoke damage."

Arrand said no one was inside the school and no injuries have been reported.

Zoё Watson, superintendent of the Anglophone School District, said the fire was confined to an area outside the gym but smoke and water damage extends beyond that.

The cause of the fire is unknown. Watson said the damage is being assessed Sunday.

"We know there is smoke and soot through the school, a hole through the gym which must be fixed."

Watson is thankful emergency services acted quickly.

"We are so fortunate we did not lose our school. About 150 children attend this school and some other education professionals have offices there," said Watson.

The school district is encouraging parents of students affected by the fire to discuss it with them.

"Your child may see or hear about the fire and may feel distressed. We encourage you to speak to your child about any stress or anxiety they are feeling," Watson said in an email sent to parents.

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