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Two-alarm fire forces early end to school year at Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys

Two-alarm fire forces early end to school year at Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys
The fire at the Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys on Woodbourne Avenue in North Baltimore was under control before 10 p.m. Saturday. (Baltimore Fire Department)

Firefighters fought a two-alarm fire on Saturday night that has brought an early end to the school year for the Baltimore Collegiate School for Boys, a public charter school in North Baltimore, officials said.

“This is unfortunate news to end the school year where children are going to miss out on the last week and we’re really grateful for the response from first responders on a Saturday evening. It could’ve been much worse if it wasn’t so speedily contained.” Jack Pannell, the school’s founder and executive director, said Sunday.

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Blair Adams, a Fire Department spokeswoman, said Saturday that firefighters were called to the school building, which was previously Chinquapin Middle School, about 8:39 p.m. Upon their arrival, they could see “heavy fire” within the building, Adams said.

“You could see if from the second floor in the window,” she said.

No injuries were reported, and no one was found inside by the responding firefighters who swept the building, Adams said.

The school posted photos on Facebook Sunday showing extensive damage inside the building and the schools has “concluded studies for the final week of school.” The last day of school was scheduled to be Thursday, June 20, according to the school’s website.

“We are never defeated, but ever inspired to continue on with our noble and urgent mission,” the school wrote.

The school, in the 900 block of Woodbourne Ave. in the Cameron Village neighborhood, serves grades four through eight and has 477 students, according to the city schools website.

On Thursday, the school announced an “emergency closure” in a post on Facebook due to a “potential gas leak” in the school building. “There will be no access to the building for staff or students today,” the school wrote.

Whether gas might have played a role in the fire would be part of the investigation that is now underway, Adams said. Investigators had not determined a cause or origin of the fire Saturday night, she said.

Adams did not know, beyond the second floor, where exactly in the building the fire had been.

The fire was under control before 10 p.m., though the school was still being ventilated, Adams said.

“We are extremely fortunate that this didn't happen when students or classes were in session,” she said. “It could have been a lot worse.”

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