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Bishop Smith Catholic High School closed through Thursday because of fire Sunday night

By Pembroke Daily Observer

Due to a small fire in a storage room at Bishop Smith Catholic High School Sunday night, the school will remain closed through Thursday, Oct. 5.

While damage was isolated to a second floor/Grade 8 wing, the Renfrew County Catholic District School Board will, as part of its due diligence procedures, ensure air quality samples are taken in all other areas of the building prior to staff and students returning on site. Because of a PA Day on Friday and the  Thanksgiving Monday holiday, staff and students will not be returning to school until Tuesday, Oct. 10.

Students in Grades 9 to 12 requiring personal belongings and/or learning materials from their lockers are asked to come to the school Wednesday, Oct. 4 between 12 p.m and 2 p.m. For Grade 8 students, please watch for further information about personal item retrieval from your lockers.

Students are encouraged to check Blended Learning sites for updates and messages from teachers. For updates and further information please continue to check the Bishop Smith website and Facebook.

Around 9:45 p.m. Oct. 1, the Pembroke Fire Dept. responded to the report of a fire alarm activation at Bishop Smith High School in Pembroke.

Upon arrival firefighters found fire in a second floor classroom and quickly extinguished the fire containing it to only the one classroom. There was smoke throughout the second floor wing.

Approximately 20 firefighters and three apparatus responded to the incident.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Pembroke Fire Department.

As a precautionary measure the Renfrew County Catholic School Board closed the school to classes on Monday.