Tuesday, June 18, 2024

There was an electrical fire at Grafton School Complex; schools closed Tuesday, Wednesday

Grafton High School and Grafton Middle School will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday after an electrical fire triggered the sprinkler system and the Grafton School Complex was evacuated Monday.

All after-school activities scheduled at the complex Tuesday and Wednesday are also canceled. The athletic director and coaches will provide information regarding any scheduled off-site games Tuesday and Wednesday, according to a news release from York County School Division.

“Division staff are working alongside the York County Department of Fire & Life Safety, The York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, the Virginia Department of Health, and Dominion Energy to restore school operations as quickly and safely as possible,” division spokeswoman Katherine Goff wrote in an email. “We will continue to communicate with our families and will provide updates as information becomes available.”

Goff said they “initiated evacuation procedures due to reports of an electrical issue in the main electrical room,” at around 4 p.m. Monday.

Crews contained the fire to that electrical room though smoke did spread through parts of the building.

“Due to the nature of this incident, power to the building remains off and Dominion Energy is on site assessing the situation. We do yet not have an estimate for power restoration or a timeline for necessary repairs,” Goff said.

School officials said parents with questions about their child’s school to use one of the following email addresses: ghs@ycsd.york.va.us for the high school and gms@ycsd.york.va.us for the middle school.

School main numbers will also be monitored for phone calls and messages during business hours, officials said.

John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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