Scene cleared at St. Andrews Middle School campus after reported fire

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Charleston and Saint Andrews fire departments responded to a report of a fire at the old Saint Andrews Middle School campus Friday morning and quickly cleared the scene.

The call came in at 7:05 a.m. according to dispatch and crews arrived in less than four minutes after an automatic fire alarm went off at the school according to Chief Fire Marshal Mike Julazadeh.  A light smoke haze was reported in a detached gym building by school staff at which point it was upgraded from an automatic alarm to a structure fire. .

Julazadeh said the haze quickly dissipated and is believed to be related to a light fixture, but a specific cause wasn't identified. Firefighters monitored the situation and secured power to the area. School district electricians were requested to survey the area before restoring power according to Julazadeh.

The scene was cleared by 7:33 a.m.The school is located in the 700 block of Wappoo Road, not far off Savannah Highway in West Ashley.

While St. Andrews middle school itself no longer exists, both Stono Park Elementary School and Carolina Voyager Charter School reside on the campus according to Charleston County School District spokesman Andy Pruitt.

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