Baker Elementary School closed Monday, Tuesday; fire ruled an accident

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — An east end Henrico County elementary school will be closed Monday and Tuesday after a fire damaged the building’s roof.

Henrico fire officials determined Sunday afternoon that the fire was the result of an electrical problem.

Officials said that they received the call about the fire at 7:50 a.m. Sunday at Baker Elementary School.

Reports were that black smoke was coming from the school’s roof.

The school is located in the 6600 block of Willson Road.

Firefighters arrived within two minutes and promptly went to work to locate the fire to contain it. A second alarm was called shortly thereafter because of the amount of smoke and concerns that crews had that the blaze could spread throughout the school.

Ladder trucks were used to remove sections of the upper wall sections to check the roof area while others used saws to open portions of the roof fo better access to the fire.

The fire was contained within an hour and no injuries were reported to citizens or firefighters. No people were in the building when the fire began.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

As a result of the damage caused by smoke and crews fighting the fire, classes have been canceled for staff and students Monday and Tuesday.

School officials said that it seems likely that the school’s schedule will be impacted going forward.

As a result, a community meeting is being held Monday at 6 p.m. for students and their families at Varina High School’s auditorium. Anyone with questions or wants to learn more should attend, if possible. Those who can’t make it shuld check for updates via email, voicemail and on the Henrico County Public Schools website.

Staff members will receive additional instructions later from the school’s principal Dr. Hardy as more access is granted to the building.

Authorities are considering all options including the temporary use of nearby school facilities. A team has been meeting since early Sunday to develop plans and make arrangements for the Baker School community.

School officials made comment on the fire Sunday morning on Facebook.

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