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Box inside microwave sparks fire at LCMS

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By Cade Fowler - bio | email

Leesburg, GA (WALB) - Fire officials in Lee County are baffled as to how a microwave fire began overnight, filling the hallways at Lee County Middle School with smoke.

Around 3 a.m., Lee County fire units responded to an alarm at LCMS but saw no signs of fire. When a key holder arrived, fire fighters encountered smoke and early on feared that flames may have spread into the ceiling.

A room-to-room search lead firefighters to an empty science classroom where they discovered the source - a microwave. Crews removed the microwave, which contained a box filled with papers and a metal tray, outside the school. A fire extinguisher was used to put out a small flare up.

Fans were brought in to blow out the lingering smoke and no damage was done to the school or classroom.

LCFD officials say they aren't calling the fire suspicious, just unusual. It's believed a short in the microwave may have caused it to turn on and ignite the contents.

No one was inside the school at the time of the fire.

 

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