Fire-damaged Allentown school on target to reopen in May

Friday, March 13, 2015
Fire damages Allentown school, giving students a day off

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- Officials say an eastern Pennsylvania elementary school damaged in a fire last month is on target to reopen in May.

Cleanup has begun at Allentown's Cleveland Elementary School and repairs could begin soon.

Officials say the Feb. 24 electrical fire caused significant smoke damage to the first and second floors.

First through third graders are attending Mosser Elementary and fourth and fifth graders are at Roosevelt Elementary while the building is out of commission.

The fire started about an hour before the start of school. Some staff was in the building, but no students. No injuries were reported.

Cleveland is one of 15 elementary schools in Allentown.

It opened as a school house in 1883 and was used as a day care from 1981-1984 before reopening as an elementary school.