No one hurt after fire at Berkeley County school

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - An electrical panel fire Tuesday led to the evacuation of H.E. Bonner Elementary School in Moncks Corner, officials said.

And it appears the school will remain closed while repairs are made. According to school district spokesperson Kathie Sizemore, the crews are still working to repair the electrical panel, and will work continuously until the repairs are complete.

The district will advise parents when school will be back in session, she said.

The fire caused power to go out in the school and smoke to fill the school's electrical room, Sizemore said. Fire crews responded and quickly extinguished the fire.

The cause of the fire is undetermined, Sizemore said. The initial presumption was a lighting strike, but there appears to be a frayed wire that contributed to the fire, she added.

Students remained in the gym at Macedonia Middle, where staff served them lunch and they watched a movie until their scheduled release time. Parents were contacted and advised they could pick up their students early if desired.

The entire electrical panel is being replaced.

The students were bussed to Macedonia Middle School. No one was injured in the incident, Sizemore said.

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