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03/14/2019

Early morning school fire alarm traced to faulty switch

Cape Elizabeth Schools announced a two-hour late start this morning, Thursday, March 14, 2019 due to alarms going off at the Middle School.

Officials have identified a faulty alarm switch, which is scheduled to be replaced at 3 p.m. March 14, after students are dismissed.

The School Department issued this update at noon:

Fire Alarm Update

The problem with the fire alarms at Pond Cove Elementary School and Cape Elizabeth Middle School seems to be with the fire alarm switch. This switch triggered the alarms yesterday, and it was checked and appeared to be functioning. The alarm went off again this morning at 1 am.

Peter Gleeson, Cape Elizabeth Fire Chief, was on the scene and recommended that schools be closed until we could identify the problem. Eastern Alarms arrived early this morning, and the plan is to replace the switch. This has to be done when students are not in the building because they need to turn off the alarms. Hopefully, the new switch will be installed at 3 PM today. The alarms are functioning and It is safe for students to be in the buildings. We will begin school at the 2-hour delay time today. Hopefully the alarms will not trigger again today, but should they go off, we will respond in our emergency drill procedure. The safety of our staff and students is of utmost concern in the Cape Elizabeth School District.