Mead Hall outbuilding burns 'through the roof'

  • Posted: Saturday, February 8, 2014 12:01 a.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, February 8, 2014 9:22 a.m.
STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT
A group of Mead Hall Advanced Placement art students sift through the rubble of the Aiken Prep campus' art cottage – where they had stored much of their ongoing and past work. Pictured, from left,  are Devin Burton, Ella Morton, Jake Harrington, Brody Muir, Jonathan Rodgers and Madison Oswald.
STAFF PHOTO BY ROB NOVIT A group of Mead Hall Advanced Placement art students sift through the rubble of the Aiken Prep campus' art cottage – where they had stored much of their ongoing and past work. Pictured, from left, are Devin Burton, Ella Morton, Jake Harrington, Brody Muir, Jonathan Rodgers and Madison Oswald.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused a fire that torched a building on the campus of Mead Hall Episcopal School early on Friday.

The Aiken Department of Public Safety responded to a blaze at Mead Hall just after 2 a.m. on Friday, according to Capt. David Turno, a spokesman for Aiken Public Safety. Officers on patrol saw the fire and called it in. Turno said the flames were “through the roof.”

The fire started in a small outbuilding known as the “Art Cottage,” Turno said. Fire crews had the blaze contained within about 45 minutes of arriving but were still putting water on the “hot spots” at 7:30 a.m.

The cause of the fire has not been determined, but Turno said investigators do not suspect arson.

No one was in the school when the fire broke out, and there were no injuries to firefighters.

Mead Hall has about 330 students from grades 3K through 12. School was still in session on Friday.

Teddy Kulmala covers the crime and courts beat for the Aiken Standard and has been with the newspaper since August 2012. He is a native of Williston and majored in communication studies at Clemson University.

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