Officials close city middle school after portable classroom burns


Morrell Park Elementary-Middle School in Southwest Baltimore will be closed for middle-school pupils today while officials check for possible electrical problems in the wake of a fire that destroyed a portable classroom early yesterday.

One of the nine portable classrooms that house about 200 sixth- , seventh- and eighth-graders was burned out by a fire that started about 3 a.m. at the school at 2601 Tolley St., said Vanessa Pyatt, city schools spokeswoman.

Arson is suspected, and the cause of the fire is being investigated, a fire official said. A damage estimate was unavailable.

School officials were unable to tell yesterday whether electricity can be supplied to the other eight classrooms in two modular units.

"Based on the inspection today, the fire damage seems to be limited to the one classroom, but we need to make a fuller assessment," Pyatt said.

Officials expect middle-school classes to resume tomorrow.

Pub Date: 2/08/99

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