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Fire closes NCHS-East

CREEKSVILLE – Clean up and an investigation is continuing at Northampton County High School-East (NCHS-East) after an early morning fire damaged a classroom here.

According to Director of Community/Schools Relations and Student Services Susie B. Johnson, the fire at NCHS-East was discovered by a staff member at the school at around 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Johnson said the Conway Volunteer Fire Department and the Northampton County Sheriff’s Office responded and the fire was contained to a teen living classroom, where it apparently originated.

Johnson said buses carrying students to school Tuesday morning were turned around.

“For the health of the students, school was cancelled,” she said.

The classroom suffered some damage and the hallway outside of the room received smoke damage.

“We were lucky it wasn’t worse,” said Johnson.

On Wednesday, school was canceled again for both students and staff for health and cleaning purposes.

Johnson said an investigation is pending.

Northampton County Sheriff Wardie Vincent said his department responded based on the initial call and as protocol an investigation arson team with the State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) was called in.

Vincent said the fire is believed to have originated in a stove.

“Right now were looking at it as accidental,” he said.

Tuesday afternoon, school officials announced make up days for NCHS-East, which are planned for Saturday, May 31 and Wednesday, June 11. Both days schedule will be from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.