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Fire at Brick Elementary School Traced to Solar Panel Conduit

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Equipment owned by the Laurelton Fire Company in Brick. (Photo: Laurelton Fire Company)
Equipment owned by the Laurelton Fire Company in Brick. (Photo: Laurelton Fire Company)

A small fire that forced the evacuation of Emma Havens Young Elementary School Thursday morning has been traced to a conduit unit linked to the school solar power system.

School staff called 911 at 9:07 a.m., said Richard Orlando, deputy fire marshal for the township.

“We found a small fire that was burning, but it was not the building,” he said. “It was the conduit to the solar system.”

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Once the conduit was disconnected, the fire stopped burning, however there was a smoke condition in the electrical room of the school and the entire building was evacuated out of an abundance of caution.

Orlando said crews, including JCP&L, have mainly left the scene and the building should be cleared for students to return Friday.

All of the township’s fire companies responded to the incident, Orlando said.


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  • David Schmelz

    So the school has a problem with their solar panels. And I lose Electric in Lake Riviera for three and a half hours. there is no protection from someone’s solar panels to the grid. Their problem took out 1500 home. Something just doesn’t sound right.