No injuries in Dryden Middle School wastebasket fire

The Dryden Middle School building was evacuated first thing Monday morning after a fire was discovered in a wastebasket, according to interim superintendent of schools William Locke. The fire occurred at about 7:50am.

Neptune Hose Co. No. 1 of Dryden Fire Department. 14850 file photo.

“There were no injuries, no harm of any sort, so we are continuing with school as usual,” Mr. Locke said in a message to students’ families on Monday morning. “The investigation is ongoing,” he said. Mr. Locke has not responded to our questions about the incident.

According to Chief Mike Hall of the Dryden Fire Department, firefighters responded to a fire alarm activation and discovered that a “small fire had occurred in a bathroom” and had been “quickly extinguished by school staff.”

Chief Hall added that crews assisted in ventilation of the building, and classes resumed. “Further investigation is being handled by the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office,” Hall added. The Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office has not responded to our questions about the incident.

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