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Solar panels catch fire at Faith Lutheran Middle School

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Updated: 5/14/2014 11:32 pm

LAS VEGAS (KSNV) -- The Clark County Fire Department was called out at 4:46 p.m. to Faith Lutheran Middle School for a two-alarm fire.

Prior to arrival, Fire Chief Bertral Washington said all students were properly evacuated by the school.

Firefighters completed a primary life search, checked the school for interior fire spread, removed smoke from inside the building and ascended the roof to extinguish the fire. The fire was declared knocked down at 5:07 p.m.

Extra precaution was taken due to potential involvement of solar panels. There were no injuries. Salvage operations are underway to protect property.

CCFD's Fire Chief was the first arriving resource and established command deploying incoming units to the interior and roof of the building.

Fire crews on the roof reported solar panels had caught fire and a second alarm was sounded due to the size of the building and nature of the incident.

The fire was extinguished when fire hoses were extended to the roof. Several panels were destroyed and the underlying roofing material had to be removed to check for extension.

The fire didn't extend into the building, but three classrooms sustained water damage and will likely be unusable until being cleaned and repaired.

A preliminary damage estimate is $60,000 but that amount may increase after a complete assessment is finished.

There were no injuries reported and fortunately the students had been dismissed for the day. CCFD Investigators are working with area solar technicians to determine an exact cause but no final determination has been made.



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