Fire breaks out at Queens elementary school

Posted at 7:21 AM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 10:58:22-05

LAURELTON, Queens — A fire broke out early Tuesday morning at a Queens elementary school, the FDNY said.

The fire was called in around 5:10 a.m. at the PS1-32 School, located on 218th Street in the Laurelton section of Queens.

The only person inside the school at the time of the fire was a custodian.  The fire was limited to construction materials on the roof, officials said.

No injuries were reported. Building management and fire officials were on scene checking if there was any water damage.

Education officials assessed the damage inside and checked for air quality before determining that the school was safe for children to attend Tuesday, though three classrooms were disabled due to the fire.

“There’s no structural damage to the building,” an FDNY deputy said. “The fire was to the exterior. The fire was controlled by about 75 firefighters within 25 minutes.”

“FDNY immediately responded to a fire on the PS 132 roof this morning before school started, and no students were in the building,” the Department of Education said in a statement. “The building was cleared in time for the school day and classes are continuing normally.”