Fire Forces Downtown School Evacuation

No reported injuries at KIPP Adelante Prepatory Academy

Saturday, Feb 25, 2012  |  Updated 11:20 AM PDT
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Fire Forces Downtown School Evacuation

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A fire forced a downtown San Diego school to be evacuated Saturday morning, but it was quickly extinguished and school has resumed, a San Diego Fire and Rescue spokesman said.

The blaze began shortly after 9 a.m. inside a wall in the KIPP Adelante Prepatory Academy, located in the five-story BayView Center building on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Beech Street.

By 9:45 a.m., crews had doused the difficult-to-reach fire and begun clean-up efforts. School was in session at the time, yet there were no reported injuries. The campus suffered minimal damaged, a Fire and Resume spokesman said.

School officials did not provide comment.

According to its website, KIPP is a "small-college prepatory middle school serving 360 students in grades five through eight." The charter school neighbors a Holiday Inn, and its name stands for "Knowledge Is Power Program."

 The cause of the fire remains under investigation. 

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