A fire at a west end elementary school has prompted school officials in Henrico to cancel classes at Tuckahoe Elementary School on Monday.
Henrico County Public Schools Spokesperson Pat Kinlaw tells NBC12 this move is a safeguard to ensure that the air quality is acceptable.
While Tuckahoe Elementary School students will not be reporting to class on Monday, staff are still being asked to report to work at 11:00 a.m.
A smoke alarm went off at Tuckahoe Elementary at about 1:00 p.m. Sunday. Smoke could be seen billowing out from the building. Once on scene, firefighters had to call in additional crews to help get everything under control.
Captain Marshall Nelson with Henrico County Fire and EMS told NBC12 there is extensive smoke damage to the building. Approximately 75% of the school's walls were covered in soot. We're told there was no structural damage as there weren't many flames.
School officials said the fire was concentrated around a sofa in the front lobby of the building. No classrooms were affected.
Firefighters immediately began ventilating the school of smoke and a special crew is spending Sunday evening working to clean up the damage.
"Because of where the fire was, smoke filled not only the bottom level, but it raised up to the top level also," Nelson said.
An official cause of the fire hasn't been released, but investigators said it's believed to be accidental.
Stay with NBC12 for updates on this developing story.
Copyright 2012 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.
WWBT-TV NBC 12
P.O. Box 12
On Your Side
Video and Pics