No cause in fire at Fernway Elementary School

July 11, 2018

No cause in fire at Fernway Elementary School

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — Fire officials continue to investigate the cause of a blaze that collapsed the roof at Fernway Elementary School in Shaker Heights.

Investigators arrived at the school Wednesday morning and are in the process of conducting interviews with staff members, neighbors and gathering evidence, Shaker Heights Fire Chief Patrick Sweeney said.

Investigators currently have no estimated cost for the damage caused by the fire.

No one was harmed in the fire that broke out Tuesday just after 11 a.m. at the elementary school on Fernway Road near Ardmore Road, officials said. Several employees who were in the building at the time evacuated safely. Crews were performing maintenance on the roof, but it’s unclear if the work is related to the fire.

The fire destroyed the roof of the school. The school also sustained water and smoke damage, Sweeney said. 

One firefighter suffered burns to his hands in the fire. Another firefighter suffered heat exhaustion. Both firefighters were treated at a local hospital and released, he said. 

Cleaning crews were seen carrying out water and smoked-damaged furniture Wednesday. 

There are approximately 315 students who attend Fernway, Shaker Heights City Schools spokesman Scott Stephens said Tuesday. If the building is unable to open next month, the school district will need to find temporary space for classes.

Officials said the school is set to open Aug. 22.

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