CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A fire in a sawdust collection system in the carpentry shop forced the cancellation of classes Tuesday at the Franklin County Career and Technology Center on Loop Road in Guilford Township.
"There were flames coming up the wall and into the ceiling," said teaching assistant Becky Allison. Tim Ebersole, a substitute teacher in the Protective Services Department, grabbed a fire extinguisher and put out the flames inside the shop, she said.
Although flames were inside the building, Center Director James Duffey said most of the damage was to the collector, which is outside of the building. Principal Michele Orner said the fire occurred at about 9 a.m.
There were about 600 students in the building at the time who were evacuated to the nearby Franklin Learning Center. The cause of the fire and the dollar value of the damage was not known, but classes were scheduled to resume on time today, he said.