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Norwich school closed Monday due to computer fire


Kelly Middle School in Norwich will be closed Monday because of a computer that caught fire in one of the classrooms, according to the superintendent.

The fire was reported in the new science wing around 3:30 a.m. Monday.

The fire caused the sprinkler system to go off, pouring water into 20 classrooms in the school.

The Norwich Fire Department was called to the scene and the fire was knocked down quickly.

According to Norwich Superintendent Abby I. Dolliver, a total of 20 classrooms sustained heavy water damage.

"Because it was the upstairs wing the downstairs was severely impacted," she said.

The school will reopen Tuesday.

There was damage to state Connecticut Mastery Tests and some of them will need to be replaced.

Testing was supposed to begin Tuesday and it will be delayed fro seventh graders until Wednesday.

"The ones that were needed pretty much are dry. None of them were used yet, so I think were pretty much secure, we've notified the state," Dolliver said. "It would be different if we had started testing."

The cost of the damage caused by the fire is expected to be hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Some of the affected classrooms have been cleaned up, but 12 in that new section are still in bad shape. There's no estimate yet on how long they'll be closed.

According to school officials, the science wing is brand new and was just renovated as part of a $40 million project. 

"These are our new wings you know, so it's just clean up and get things back to normal, we want to get kids to school as fast as we can," Dolliver said.

Parents told Eyewitness News that they got an automated call from the school to notify them school was canceled for the day. 

"Thank God nothing really serious happened. Nobody lost their life," said parent Louis Deant.

The cause of the computer fire is still under investigation.

All other schools in Norwich will be open.

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