PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Firefighters were called to Chapman Elementary School in the Northwest District early Wednesday morning for a small fire in a second-story classroom.
The fire broke out before 6:20 a.m. at the school located on Northwest 26th Avenue. Lt. Rich Tyler, spokesperson for Portland Fire & Rescue (PF&R), reported that crews were working to ensure it was contained to the classroom and did not spread.
School Principal Scott Choate said the fire occurred in a 5th grade classroom. A teacher spotted the smoke and a janitor pulled the alarm.
According to Choate, the fire will not delay the start of school, slated for Sept. 4. However, the classroom where the fire occurred will likely not be used. Wednesday was the first official day back to school for teachers.
Christine Miles, spokesperson for Portland Public Schools, told KOIN that investigators determined the fire was sparked by oily rags in a garbage can. It was not immediately confirmed if the fire was accidental in nature. A teacher had been working in the classroom the night before.