School cafeteria fire causes estimated $50,000 in damages

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OGDEN, Utah – A fire at Mount Ogden Middle School Tuesday did an estimated $50,000 in damages to the cafeteria.

Authorities said construction crews were stripping mastic from the floor, which had recently had tiles removed. An electrical cord was plugged in, and it arced and ignited several fires in the cafeteria area, according to a press release from the Ogden City Fire Department.

There weren’t any children in the school. Five student custodians were inside, but they left on their own. There were no injuries.

About twenty firefighters from the Ogden City Fire Department and Weber Fire District responded to the fire. The fire is under investigation by the Ogden City Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.