2014-03-07 / Top Stories

Fire At Waterside School

By Dan Guarino

A fire broke out at the Waterside School PS 317/MS318 in Rockaway Park on Wednesday, March 5th.

At 9:15 a.m. flames broke out in the boiler room of the building, according to a Department of Education spokesperson.

While FDNY and NYPD personnel responded to the alarm, school faculty and staff evacuated the more than 500 students in the building. A Department of Sanitation truck, backing up to not interfere with the evacuation or emergency personnel hit a pole, causing an overhead line to come down.

According to the DOE, the falling line struck several students.

Six persons were taken to Brooklyn Hospital Center with minor injuries.

A DOE spokesperson stated the children were sent to the hospital as a precaution.

FDNY had no information stating that the fallen wire was an electrical line. Other sources confirmed it was just as likely to have been a cable or telephone line.

The fire, which was caused by oil in the basement, was put out by school maintenance personnel before firefighters arrived.

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