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UPDATE: Fire at Dormont Elementary

A fire broke out Friday evening at the Dormont Elementary School playground.

A fire that broke out Friday evening at Dormont Elementary School is under investigation.

According to the Dormont Volunteer Fire Department Facebook page, the fire department responded to a large fire at the Dormont Elementary School playground around 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, and were able to contain and extinguish the flames before they spread to the building.

Keystone Oaks communications director Jim Cromie was on scene as of 8:20 p.m. Friday night. Cromie said an arson unit was on scene looking at the damage, and that Superintendent William Stropkaj was on his way to the school to talk to employees and emergency personnel.

"We’re just going to go from here," Cromie said. "We’re not totally sure what happened at this point, but the fire department is investigating."

Cromie said there were teachers and other employees in the building when the fire broke out, and that a custodian saw smoke and called the fire department. He said without the actions of those in the building, the situation could have been worse.

Heavy damage to the playground area was reported.

Fire departments from Mt. Lebanon and Scott Township assisted.

Dormont-Brookline Patch is working to get details about this incident. Continue to follow Dormont-Brookline Patch as details become available.


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Erin Faulk December 02, 2012 at 09:51 PM
To "Some Kid," both of your comments were deleted because they violate Patch Terms of Use. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at erin.faulk@patch.com. Thanks.
Allegheny County Police December 02, 2012 at 11:55 PM
The Allegheny County Police and the Allegheny County Fire Marshal's Office is investigating this fire. If you have information regarding the person or persons responsible, please contact our annonomous tip line at 412-473-2776. Thank you in advance for your help!
Bob Dobbs December 03, 2012 at 12:56 AM
Good point , Jason ... the cops want to chase the kids away from anywhere they hang ... this is going to back-fire, periodically, methinks . They stifled the skate-park ...
DSA December 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM
there are plenty of things to do in Dormont and around Dormont. being bored is no reason to start fires, jason.
David Van December 22, 2012 at 02:31 AM
"annonomous" ?

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