PATERSON, NJ - City education officials said School 28 will reopen for classes on Thursday. The school had beenclosed on Wednesday so the building couldbe cleaned after a small fire Tuesday morning forced the evacuation of about 500 students and staff members. No one was hurt.
The fire started in a classroom equipped with a stove, officials said.
Paterson Public Schools spokeswoman Terry Corallo said the fire "started in a classroom that had kitchen equipment with stove.'' She said it was "contained to one room which is currently used as a utility and resource room" and that there "was smoke throughout building particularly in first floor where room is located.'' No children were in the room when the fire started, Corallo said.
Principal Marc Medley said in an interview with northjersey.com that the room had been used for home economics classes back when those courses were still offered, but that the stove had not been used for classes for years.
School 28, on Presidential Boulevard, has 440 students and 120 total staff assigned to the building,