(Photos by David Greene)
By David Greene
BRONX, NEW YORK, JANUARY 20- Five firefighters, battling a stubborn blaze at Monsignor Scanlan High School, suffered minor injuries and after a preliminary investigation, the cause remains suspicious.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the school, located at 915 Hutchinson River Parkway in the Schuylerville section at 6:05 p.m. on January 17.
The three-alarm blaze began in the school's boiler room and quickly spread to two upper floors, seriously damaging a chapel and a science lab.
Assistant Fire Chief William Seelig stated, "They (firefighter's) were chasing fire from one floor to another and they were able to cut the fire off before it extended into the main five-story building."
The fire was declared under control after two hours. No students were in the building at the time of the blaze and all faculty members were able to self-evacuate.
The school would be closed Monday for the Dr. Martin Luther King holiday and it was unknown if the 400-students would be allowed to return to the school on January 21, when students were scheduled to take science mid-terms.
School officials were expected to meet with officials from the Archdiocese of New York and officials from the Mayor's Office of Emergency Management in an effort to asses the damage and possibly bring in portable generators that would restore heat to the building.
The school's website thanked the members of the FDNY.
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