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DeSmet School in Missoula to reopen Tuesday

DeSmet School
Posted at 7:38 AM, Dec 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-12-06 08:46:48-05

UPDATE: 10:25 a.m. - Dec. 5, 2022

MISSOULA - DeSmet School principal Matthew Driessen tells MTN News they were alerted by an alarm company around 12:30 a.m. Monday for a report the school's fire alarm was set off.

Once the fire department arrived, they found a broken sprinkler spewing water in one of the classrooms.

Driessen says there was about an inch of water on the ground.

He credits the fire department, contractors, staff, and restoration companies for their quick response in suppressing the damage.

He said they had to dump about 10,000 gallons of water outside in the freezing weather.

The fire department determined frigid air reached one of the overhead sprinklers in the rafter which caused the sprinkler to burst and spray water.

Driessen said school will be back in session Tuesday.

(first report: 7:38 a.m. - Dec. 5, 2022)

MISSOULA - Class has been called off for students at DeSmet School in Missoula.

But it's not all the snow that's causing the cancelation.

A posting on the school's website states "mechanical issues with the sprinkler system" has forced the closure.