Palmer High School to remain closed until at least March 25

Hampden County

Palmer High School will be closed for at least another week after a fire damaged the school over the weekend.

Palmer Town Manager Charlie Blanchard told 22News that he supports the school department’s decision to keep the school closed at least until March 25th.

The district plans to extend school days by 33 minutes and have asked the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to waive three days from their school year requirement in order to make up the missed days.

While the fire caused little structural damage to the school, Blanchard said the smoke damage was significant enough to keep the school closed. “There was a lot of real acrid, smoke,” Blanchard explained. “A lot of areas were impacted. That all has to be cleared up.”

The State Fire Marshal’s Office determined the cause of the Saturday morning fire was improper disposal of linseed-oil soaked rags that spontaneously combusted in the woodshop.

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