An automatic alarm brought Wilmington firefighters to the school at 1100 N. Pine St. about 8:10 a.m., where they found smoke on the second floor and a fire in a second-floor room that had been extinguished when a sprinkler activated.
“The water created damage to the adjacent classrooms as well as leaked through the ceiling affecting the class rooms below. The cause and origin of the fire is still currently under investigation by the Wilmington Fire Marshal’s office,” said Battalion Chief James Jobes.
He said firefighters shut off the sprinkler valves to reduce water damage.
Students were initially diverted to nearby Howard High School of Technology. They had not been scheduled to arrive at Stubbs until 9 a.m., although teachers and staff were in the building.
School officials later announced on the Stubbs website that early dismissal was effective at 9:45 a.m. The announcement said the fire department determined the school should remain closed for the day although the damage was “not extensive.”