A weekend fire that broke out in a utility area adjacent to a special needs classroom at Hodge Road Elementary School gutted that area and did smoke damage to the classroom and the wing where it is, Knightdale Fire Chief Tim Guffey said Monday.
However, Wake County school officials said they expect to have repairs made by the time students return from a three-week break that began when classes ended Friday.
The fire was reported at 11:44 a.m. Sunday, firefighters said.
Guffey said the fire was quickly put out, but firefighters remained at the school for two hours working to get smoke out of the building with exhaust fans.
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“I expect the vent system will be a large challenge,” Guffey said, because smoke was sucked into it while the fire burned.
Inspectors had not ruled Monday how the fire began.
“We think we know, but we need to talk to a couple more people,” Guffey said.
The year-round school’s single track began a break after class on Friday and returns April 20, according to the school’s online calendar.
“Damage ... will be fixed by the time the children go back to school,” schools spokeswoman Lisa Luten said.
The school is at 2128 Mingo Bluff Blvd.