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Construction crews start 2 fires on school's roof

Construction crews start 2 fires on school's roof

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Construction work on a West Valley school rooftop is on hold after crews ignited two separate fires.

It happened today at Hunter Junior High School near 6100 West and 3700 South.

‘Some construction workers, subcontractors, were sealing the hvac unit, and they were sweating the sealant to get it to warm up so it would seal. It started some insulation on fire," explained Battalion Chief Dean Williams.

He says the fire sent smoke into the school, setting off alarms and forcing an evacuation. Fire crews quickly put it out. Then about two hours later, it happened again.

‘A neighbor reported smoke and flames on the roof," Williams said.

This time, there was a little bit more damage and some serious questions from the fire marshal, who ordered the project stopped until the contractor can find a different way to seal the roof.


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