Small fire at school extinquished Thursday

By on April 5, 2010

by Martha Quetsch

Firefighters extinguished a fire at John Stewart Elementary School in Elburn the morning of April 1, after responding to an alarm set off by smoke at 10:42 a.m. Students were not present in the building that day, since they were on their spring break.

“They’ll be able to be back again in school Tuesday,” Elburn & Countryside Fire Department Assistant Chief Tate Haley said.

School is scheduled to resume April 6 following a previously scheduled school institute day on Monday.

Haley said the fire department is investigating the fire’s cause, which does not appear to be of suspicious origin.

The fire was small and not serious, Haley said. It started in the generator room at the school, 817 Prairie Valley St., and was contained to that room, he added. Firefighters put out the fire in about 20 minutes, and cleared the smoke from the building in an hour and a half.