Update: The Elmira City School District announced that Ernie Davis Academy will be closed on September 13th, and will reopen on Wednesday, September 14th.

Late last night, at Ernie Davis Academy, a fire broke out on the roof above the boiler room. The cause of the fire is currently under investigation, and we will know more in the coming days. The damage from the fire was contained to that area and there was no damage to any classrooms. All of our emergency systems worked as they should and we were alerted by the alarms that there was something wrong, very quickly. This allowed our Custodial Maintenance Team and the Fire Department to react very quickly. We’re very thankful for their efforts!

We have determined that there will be no school for Ernie Davis Academy students today, Tuesday, September 13.  This will give our maintenance and custodial team time to prepare the building for the return of staff and students on Wednesday. As you know, safety is our number one priority when it comes to school, and this situation is no different. Thank you to all responders.

Beth Manwaring, Elmira City School District

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – A structure fire occurred at Ernie Davis Academy middle school in Elmira late Monday night.

The fire occurred on the roof of the building around 10:00 p.m., the cause of which, is currently unknown, according to Elmira Fire Department Deputy Chief Chris Putney. According to our reporter on the scene, smoke was seen coming out of the top of the roof of the school.

“It was very labor intensive to try and get this fire out. We had to rotate in and out fairly often,” Pultney said, describing the fire as “extremely stubborn.”

He said it took 45 minutes in order to extinguish it completely while rotating through over 20 firefighters who reported to the scene. Elmira Fire Department and Elmira Heights Fire Department responded, and NYSEG was also there.

There were no injuries reported, and damage was confined to the roof and a utility room that endured some water damage, according to Putney.

At around 10:00 p.m. Putney says it initially came in as a fire alarm report, and by the time crews arrived on the scene there was smoke seen coming out of the roof.

Investigators are still looking into the cause of the fire, and 18 News will update this information as it becomes available to us.