Fire Closes Beechwood School

Menlo Park Firefighters responded to the blaze in Belle Haven Thursday morning.

A private elementary school in Menlo Park is closed today after a one-alarm fire destroyed a building on campus early this morning, a fire chief said. Firefighters responded to Beechwood School at 50 Terminal Ave. after a fire was reported in one of the school's portable classrooms at about 4:30 a.m., Menlo Park Fire Protection District Chief Harold Schapelhouman said.

Arriving units were initially delayed in accessing the fire due to locked gates at the entrance to the school and bars over the windows of the involved classroom, Schapelhouman said. By the time crews reached the blaze, the lightweight walls of the classroom had started to buckle and firefighters were forced to fight the flames from the exterior of the structure.

No one was injured and no other buildings on campus were damaged, Schapelhouman said. Firefighters remained at the scene as of 8:30 a.m. and the cause of the blaze remained under investigation.

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Vanessa Castañeda (Editor) September 13, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Update: Police are saying that the school will be closed Friday too.


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