Fire marshall: Downtown school fire caused by electrical problem

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston Fire Department officials say a fire that happened at a private school in downtown was caused by an electrical problem.

Fire Marshall Mike Julazadeh says the fire started in a space between a ceiling and the first floor in one of the buildings at the First Baptist School. FBS is a private school located on the First Baptist Church campus.

According to Mike Ruppel with the Charleston Fire Department, the fire spread into the walls of the building and firefighters were forced to open walls of the structure in order to put the fire out.

Julazadeh says a sprinkler system helped to prevent the fire from spreading.

The fire broke out around 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Charleston firefighters contained the fire to just the one  building on campus.

The school headmaster says students of all grade levels took classes in this building, including arts, sciences, and foreign languages. Students also had access to a computer lab in the building.

School officials had to relocate five classes to other buildings on campus, and they are still trying to determine how much equipment and educational material they lost.

First Baptist Church owns the school campus. The school says no one was in the building at the time of the fire.

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