Forest Road students return to school following fire


Forest Road students returned to in-person learning on Jan. 30 after school doors were shuttered following a fire that broke out in a custodial closet designated for the building's Solar Transformer at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 25.

A Facebook post by the Inwood Fire Department shows plumes of black smoke billowing out from an entrance door in the building that houses over 300 elementary school students in Valley Stream District 30. Valley Stream Fire Department Engine 343 and 34 were first on the scene when they discovered a small fire in the closet that was quickly extinguished. No injuries were reported, and the cause of the fire remains under investigation by the Nassau County Fire Marshl's Office. All operations were under the command of Chief of Department Patrick J. Scanlon.

Students had switched to remote learning for the remainder of last week as the building underwent a "clean up assessment," according to an email by principal Erin Malone sent to parents. "The safety of our students and staff is our top priority."

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