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Solar panels catch fire at Faith Lutheran school, causing $60,000 in damage

Updated Wednesday, May 14, 2014 | 8:30 p.m.

Faith Lutheran

Solar panels on top of Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School caught fire today, causing an estimated $60,000 in damage, according to the Clark County Fire Department.

The blaze began around 4:45 p.m. and Clark County Firefighters extinguished it shortly after 5 p.m., according to authorities.

Several solar panels were destroyed and underlying roofing material was removed to assess the scope of the fire, said Clark County Fire Chief Bertral Washington in an email.

The fire didn’t extend to the building, but three classrooms were damaged by water, Washington said. The classrooms will likely be unusable until they are cleaned and repaired, Washington said.

It’s possible the damage estimate could increase once a full assessment is finished, Washington said.

No one was injured and the Clark County Fire Department is working with solar technicians in the area to determine the cause of the fire, Washington said.

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