Horsham Battles Two Suspicious Overnight Fires

Horsham fire chief said the fire at Montessori Children's House, as well as dumpster fires at Keith Valley Middle School are under investigation.

Firefighters worked in the early morning hours Saturday putting out fires at two Horsham schools. 

No injuries were reported from either of the fires, which broke out around 2:30 a.m. 

Chief Tim Flanagan said the blaze at  on Upland Avenue began in a shed in the playground area and spread to the school.

"They got some damage inside," Flanagan told Patch, adding that the fire reached a library or classroom and was contained within that building. The fire caused damage to the school's roof, but did not spread to the neighboring . "It never got into the church."

It took about 40 minutes to place the fire under control, Flanagan said. Provided that the school replaces portions of the charred roof, Flanagan said school would likely be able to resume on time this fall. 

Horsham Fire Marshal George Fida is investigating the cause of the fire, Flanagan said. Patch was unsuccessful in reaching Fida for comment. 

About the same time as the Upland Avenue fire broke out, crews were dispatched to  for a pair of dumpster fires. 

Although the fires appear suspicious, Flanagan stopped short of saying he believed that they were set, or that there was any correlation to more than a dozen .

Fida is investigating that fire as well, according to Flanagan. 

Tom Sofield August 11, 2012 at 07:07 PM
A quick stop by local firefighters, Good work!


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