Fire closes Hall Elementary School in Portland for at least this week

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PORTLAND — Hall Elementary School will be closed through the end of the week due to an early morning fire Monday.

School officials on Tuesday said they are looking into the possibility of moving students into an alternate learning center as early as Wednesday.

They said they expected to have more information on the length of the closure and damages to the building by late Tuesday afternoon, and that information would be posted on the School Department website,, as it became available.

The fire broke out between the ceiling and the roof of the school at 23 Orono Road around 2 a.m. Monday morning, city spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said. Firefighters were able to quickly contain the blaze, but there was significant water damage to the building.

An initial investigation into to the cause of the fire points to an electrical issue, Clegg said, although the fire remained under investigation.

Hall serves 465 students in grades one through five.

Students already enrolled in the Recreation Department’s before- and after-school care programs are eligible to attend a mini-camp style program being offered at Riverton Elementary School, according to the School Department.

Parents of eligible children should drop off their children in the Community Center Room at 7 a.m. and pick them up by 5:30 p.m., unless they are enrolled in the extended-care program. Students in the extended-care program may be dropped off at 6:30 a.m. and picked up at 6 p.m.

There is no additional charge for the mini-camp sessions. Students should bring a lunch, snacks, comfortable clothing and a jacket.

For more information on the mini-camp call the Recreation Department at 756-8130.

Amber Cronin can be reached at or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @croninamber.

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An early morning fire on Monday forced the closure of Hall Elementary School on Orono Road in Portland through at least the end of the week.

A hand-written sign on the door at Hall School advises the public that the school is closed.