Fire damages part of Gross’ media center

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Posted: Thursday, December 19, 2013 12:00 am

Gross Catholic High School’s media center sustained smoke and water damage after a fire broke out on Dec. 11.

A fire started in a small workroom within the media center at about 7 p.m., said Bellevue Fire Department Battalion Chief Kurt Strachota.

The cause of the fire is under investigation by the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The sprinkler system was activated in the workroom due to the heat and it put out the fire, Strachota said.

“We were fortunate because it stayed restricted to that particular zone,” said Gross President Dorothy Ostrowski. “The sprinklers didn’t go on in the entire media center.”

The media center did sustain smoke damage and some water damage, Ostrowski said.

There was also a loss of some computers and technical items that are stored in the small workroom.

“We’re just determining now as to how extensive that loss is,” Ostrowski said.

Water in the media center was vacuumed up and the fire department ventilated the area and moved equipment to keep it from being damaged, Strachota said.

“We’re very grateful to the Bellevue Fire Department for responding as they did and helping,” Ostrowski said.

No one was in the media center at the time of the fire but people were in the building for practices, meetings and other events. The building was evacuated.

The fire has not interrupted classes or any classroom activity in any way, Ostrowski said. A separate study area has been set up for students outside of the media center.

“We were very lucky,” Ostrowski said. “We’re just making do until we can make the appropriate repairs.”

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