Fire under investigation at Northside Middle School - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Fire damages library at Northside Middle School


Administrators at Northside Middle School in Northport hope their students will be able to return to class by the end of the week after a fire destroyed about a third of the school's library Wednesday morning.

At around 6 a.m., a school custodian noticed smoke in the building and five area fire departments responded, putting out the flames in a short amount of time. Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ted Sexton said officials believe the fire started in the ceiling of a storage area, but aren't sure how.

School librarian Leanna Miles said she arrived to find melted computers and books covered in soot. She said the school has insurance; however rebuilding will be difficult after the state cut funding to the library three years ago.

A defective heating unit is believed to be the cause of the blaze.

Copyright 2011 WBRC. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly