Fire closes North Richland Hills school for rest of the week

Students at Holiday Heights Elementary in North Richland Hills won't have classes for the rest of the week because of a small fire that damaged the electrical system.

Classes were canceled early Wednesday morning because of a small electrical fire at the school, a school website reported.

School officials are assessing the damage to the building at 5221 Susan Lee Lane, which sustained some smoke and water damage, said Mark Thomas, a spokesman for the district. The school's electrical system isn't functioning and must be repaired, he said.

"There is no official cause yet, but we have crews in the building that began cleaning up, he said. An electrical company is also at Holiday Heights to determine what repairs are needed," he said.

Thomas said Birdville will discuss the possibility of a waiver with the Texas Education Agency because of the missed school days. Holiday Heights has students in pre-kindergarten through the 5th grade.

Plans are to have Holiday Heights students back in class Monday, and those parents need to monitor the district's web site and also expect phone calls updating the status of when school will resume, Thomas said.

Thomas said he is relieved that the fire wasn't any worse and that students were not in the building when it started.

"Luckily, the fire was contained to a small area, otherwise we would be in a much different conversation," he said.

Firefighters received the first fire call shortly before 5:30 a.m. Wednesday. The fire was contained to a custodian/electrical room, but smoke filled most of the school, said North Richland Hills Assistant Fire Chief Kirk Markum. The school also suffered some water damage.

Firefighters from the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport, Watauga, Hurst, Haltom City and Bedford responded to the fire.

Staff writer Elizabeth Campbell contributed to this report.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

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