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Crews Respond to Fire at BISFA in Hagerstown

Officials say the fire started around 5 p.m. in the basement in a room that houses the fire pump for the building's sprinkler system.
HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The Hagerstown Fire Department was called to the scene of a small fire inside the Barbara Ingram School for the Arts School Wednesday afternoon. 

Officials say the fire started around 5:03 p.m. inside the school, along 7 S Potomac Street. When units arrived they discovered smoke on several floors of the building. 

The school still had staff and others inside during the time of the incident. Fire officials say all were evacuated safely without injuries. 

The small fire was found in the basement area, and was quickly extinguished by school staff. During the investigation it was determined that an electrical problem occurred. Officials with Hagerstown City Light Department also said a problem is believed to have occurred with a transformer located underground to the back of the building.

According to the Hagerstown Fire Department, the fire was contained to the utility room and Washington County Public staff worked on cleanup efforts. 

Along with the Hagerstown Fire Department and Hagerstown City Marshal's Office, Community Rescue Service provided assistance. The last unit cleared the scene around 7:31 p.m. Wednesday evening. 

Two faculty members are being evaluated for smoke inhalation but fire officials say they're expected to be okay. 

The incident remains under investigation. 
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