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Posted at 8:42 PM ET, 12/22/2010

Fire to delay return to Takoma Ed Center

By Washington Post editors

Update, 7:39 p.m.:

A fire Wednesday at the Takoma Educational Center in Northwest was caused by workers using a blowtorch, D.C. fire officials said.

Roofing materials caught fire, and the blaze ended up causing at least $2 million worth of damage, said Pete Piringer, a fire department spokesman.

One firefighter was taken to a hospital with a hand injury, but he was expected to be treated and released, Piringer said.

This post has been updated.

District Public School officials have determined that Wednesday morning's fire at Takoma Educational Center was so extensive that students will not be able to return there after the holidays.

Plans to relocate students are underway. A meeting with parents is being scheduled and final plans will be announced next week, school officials said.

There are 260 preschool through 8th grade students at Takoma Education Center.

Significant damage to Takoma Ed Center
1:02 p.m.
A three-alarm fire broke out Wednesday morning at the Takoma Educational Center in Northwest, causing extensive damage to the building, D.C. Fire and EMS report.

Firefighters were called to the school at 7010 Piney Branch Road about 10:15 a.m., said fire spokesman Pete Piringer. There they found heavy smoke and fire coming from the roof of the building.

The school is closed for the holiday but there were some staff members in the building at the time. They were able to evacuate themselves without injury, Piringer said.

About 150 firefighters battled the blaze, which took about 45 minutes to put out.

Piringer said the cause of the fire is under investigation. Roofers were working in the area where the fire originated.

10:37 a.m.
Firefighters are battling a blaze at the Takoma Educational Center in Northeast, officials report.

Fire is coming from the roof of the building at 7010 Piney Branch Road.

School is out for the holidays, and no injuries have been reported.

Stay with for updates.

By Washington Post editors  | December 22, 2010; 8:42 PM ET
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The school is in Northwest

Posted by: mikiacurrie | December 22, 2010 11:07 AM | Report abuse

Wow i cant believe this. I wonder if its from the light that they leave on constantly. They need to turn them off or at least to a weaker watt.

Posted by: princessgdance | December 23, 2010 12:25 AM | Report abuse

Bookends at the beginning and end of Fenty administration of public buildings? The Georgetown Library fire, and now this, Both it seems due to negligent or untrained workers with DC-hired contractors.

Posted by: incredulous | December 24, 2010 7:52 PM | Report abuse

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