Firefighters put out fire at building under construction at Jefferson Elementary in Cape Girardeau

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – Firefighters put out a fire at Jefferson Elementary School in Cape Girardeau.

It happened at an addition under construction at 520 S. Minnesota. The call came in at 9:07 a.m. Workers had ignited some foam insulation in a wall, according to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department.

When crews arrived they found nothing showing and began investigating.

Fire personnel accessed the roof and determined foam insulation was on fire in the void space of the wall between the block structure and brick veneer.

Roofing material was removed to access the void space and firefighting foam was applied into the void area to extinguish the burning and smoldering insulation.

Firefighters used 2,500 gallons of firefighting foam mixture due to the fire spread throughout the walls.

The insulation was ignited by workers using a cutting torch in close proximity to the material, according to the Cape Girardeau Fire Department.

At no point was the existing school structure or students in class in danger or in harm’s way.

All crews returned to service at noon.

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