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.

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.

"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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