Water main break floods Pittsfield High School, prompting early dismissal

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PITTSFIELD — Pittsfield High School students have the rest of the week off after a pipe burst in the dome of the building.

School was dismissed just after 9 a.m. Thursday after water from the pipe damaged classrooms on two floors, according to Superintendent Jason McCandless.

"I'm sure a restoration service will be dispatched quickly," McCandless said shortly after 10 a.m. "We're not going to have school at Pittsfield High School [Friday]."

Just after the start of school Thursday, the Fire Department was called to respond to the broken sprinkler pipe, which triggered a fire alarm, according to Deputy Fire Chief Ron Clements.

The pipe caused flooding in the center rooms on the second and third floors of the school, McCandless said.

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The most significant damage was caused to the part of the building that faces East Street, directly under the dome, McCandless said. The top floor was the most damaged.

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The city's maintenance department, insurance adjusters, and city employees were on scene Thursday morning assessing the damage.

Shortly after 9 a.m. high school students were released from the school and paraded down Appleton Avenue.

McCandless said the intent is to have the 760 students return to school Monday.

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"We really hope to," he said. "The students were wonderful today."

In 2017, Pittsfield High School classes had been relocated when a pipe burst in the building.

The city didn't immediately have an estimate of Thursday's damages as the building was still being assessed.

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz can be reached at horecchio@berkshireeagle.com, @HavenEagle on Twitter and 413-770-6977.


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