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Fire causes minor damage to school maintenance building

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Rocky Mount firefighters responded to a fire at 4:18 p.m. Thursday in a 3,000-square-foot Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools maintenance building at 1309 Nutrition St.

Rocky Mount Fire Department Chief Trey Mayo said firefighters arrived on the scene to find moderate smoke coming from a roll-up bay door of the structure.

School district personnel told firefighters everyone had been evacuated from the building prior to authorities arriving on the scene.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and a small fire near the rear of the building and were able to get the blaze under control within 20 minutes.

Rocky Mount Fire Marshal Phillip Davis determined the fire was started by dust mops in a trash can that caught fire and spread to combustibles on the floor.

The primary damage came from smoke and was minimal, he said.

The building sustained minor cosmetic damage and some chemicals were lost, said Nash-Rocky Mount Public Schools Special Assistant for Auxiliary Services Mark Strickland.

“They caught it before it did any major damage,” Strickland said. “The structural integrity of the building is fine.”

Strickland said the call originated from someone stopping by the facility to use the restroom.

The building will be back in operation by next week, he said.