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Penza mayor visits school No. 50 after New Year Eve smoke incident

16:58 | 03.01.2016 | Society

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Penza, 3 January 2016. PenzaNews. The Penza city administration head Victor Kuvaytsev has evaluated the scope of repairs in the school No. 50 after the smoke-causing smoldering accident that occurred in the morning of December 31.

Penza mayor visits school No. 50 after New Year Eve smoke incident

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He inspected the rooms affected by the extinguishing process.

Currently, the rooms of the first floor have been dried, and the plasterboard walls are in the process of being removed, the head of the Penza city Capital Construction Department Magomed Agamagomedov told him.

“The rooms will be ready by January 9-10. The roofs will be repaired following the project the PSUAC [Penza State University of Architecture and Construction] professionals will be presenting on January 5-6,” he clarified.

In turn, Yulia Zharko, director of the school No. 50, expressed her gratitude to the parents and teachers who helped recover almost all school equipment intact thanks to their coordinated effort.

At present, the only remaining issues are related to a part of ceiling above the sports hall, says the press service of the city administration.

As PenzaNews agency reported earlier, the information about a fire in the Penza school No. 50 on Dokuchaeva street came from the bystanders in the morning of Thursday, December 31.

Shortly afterwards, Anna Shupilova, head of information and public relations division of the main EMERCOM department in the region, clarified that the reason for the fire brigade’s arrival is not a fire, but a smoldering area of 10 sq. meters in the attic above the sports hall, reportedly sparked by a short circuit failure.

There were no children in the school at the time of the incident; five school workers were evacuated during the operation, none of them were injured.

Yuri Golodyaev, head of the Penza city Education Department, commented on the incident by saying that the smoke report was sent to the united dispatch service automatically using the autonomous fire alarm system installed in all educational institutions.

The firemen, who immediately arrived to the scene, had to dismantle a section of the sports hall ceiling to ensure that no smoldering elements remain, he added.

On the same day, the Penza city administration head Victor Kuvaytsev instructed the relevant officials to repair the rooms in the school No. 50 during the winter holidays, saying that everything must be ready for school studies that resume on Monday, January 11, with no incident-related interruptions to the education process.

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