Lightning Causes School Fire

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See a photo gallery of the fire here.

Lightning struck the roof of Lowellville High School on Thursday, causing a fire and extensive damage to the building.

The fire broke out at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday and firefighters left the area at about 9:30 a.m.

Firefighters said that the blaze started on the school’s roof. There was no fire inside the building but the school suffered smoke and water damage.

Crews covered a classroom full of computers with tarps to save the electronics from being damaged.

The lightning caught insulation on fire, which spread through the roof, officials said. Firefighters used chainsaws and other tools to open the roof for ventilation, which helped contain the fire.

There were no injuries.

About a dozen area fire departments responded to the school on Rocket Place.

“The roof itself is a steel stress, corrugated steel that has not been compromised,” Lowellville Fire Chief Al Boggia.

Lowellville Schools Superintendent Rocco Nero said he was relieved no one was in the building, since school let out about two weeks ago. He said the damage will likely be repaired before the new school year begins.

“We’ll get together with the insurance companies,” Nero said. “We’ll get everybody in here. We’ll repair things as best we can and do what we need to do.”

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