Fire breaks out in trailer on Fairfield Middle School campus

FAIRFIELD, Ohio -- A fire broke out early Wednesday on the Fairfield Middle School campus.

The fire was first reported at about 4:58 a.m. at 1111 Nilles Road. Firefighters said a passerby spotted the flames and called authorities.

Fairfield dispatchers said crews found the fire in a trailer on school property.

Officials said the trailer was on the east side of the campus where the Options Academy, an alternative high school, is located. About 90 students attend school there, district spokeswoman Gina Gentry-Fletcher told the Journal-News .

“It was unoccupied and we don’t think it’s suspicious,” Fairfield Fire Chief Donald Bennett told the Journal-News. “There were no signs of forcible entry and no visible signs anyone was in the building.”

Bennett said initial damage estimates are around $50,000.

The Fairfield School District website described the academy as "a small school alternative atmosphere for Fairfield students in grades 9-12. The academy is operated by Butler Tech."

Fairfield Middle School officials said class was not canceled for middle school students, but class was canceled for Options Academy students. Gentry-Fletcher said the district superintendent and staff from Butler Tech were meeting to determine alternative placement for Options Academy classes.

A cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Fairfield Options Academy will be closed until Monday, Jan. 27.

WCPO's Kendall Herold reported on the fire from the scene.

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