Classes canceled at Mound Fort Junior High after school evacuated due to fire

Monday , December 04, 2017 - 11:15 AM

SARAH WELLIVER/Standard-Examiner Staff

Mound Fort Junior High School has been evacuated as emergency crews respond to a fire in the building, according to Ogden School District spokesman Jer Bates.

MARK SHENEFELT and JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to reflect new information provided to the Standard-Examiner.

OGDEN — A fire started in a bathroom at Mound Fort Junior High School caused $5,000 in damage and caused classes to be canceled Monday. 

At 11:06 a.m., Ogden Fire Department was called to the school at 1396 Liberty Avenue for a structure fire, Ogden Fire Deputy Chief Eric Bauman said in a news release

The fire was started in a bathroom in the south wing of the school and was extinguished, Bauman said. 

All 738 Mound Fort students were accounted for and evacuated to Gramercy Elementary, according to Ogden School District spokesman Jer Bates. No one was injured.

Students were released to their authorized guardians who arrived at Gramercy Elementary, while students who were taking the bus were sent home at their normal release time, the release said.

Principal Bryan Becherini told the Standard-Examiner that school is out for the day but will be back in session Tuesday.

Damage to the bathroom is estimated to be $5,000. There was some additional smoke damage to the halls of the school, Bauman said. 

The fire is human caused and is under investigation by the state fire marshal’s office and Ogden Police Department.