December 10, 2013

Fire causes smoke damage at Baha’i school in Eliot

The fire chief says $50,000 in damage was done in an area that was being renovated.

A fire that broke out Tuesday night at the Green Acre Bahai School Retreat & Conference Center caused extensive smoke damage but little structural damage to the school’s campus on Main Street.

Fire Chief Jay Muzeroll said the fire started around 7:15 p.m. in a cafeteria of the former Sara Farmer Inn, a section of the complex where construction crews have been doing renovation.

Muzeroll said the building’s sprinkler system was activated and prevented the fire from spreading from a trash disposal area in the cafeteria. He said improper disposal of painting materials probably started the fire.

Smoke from the fire caused more than $50,000 in damage, Muzeroll said. No injuries were reported.

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