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Cardinal Elementary School Fire

Source: Brownsburg Fire Department / Brownsburg Fire Department

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — School is out today at Cardinal Elementary in Brownsburg, which is where firefighters say lightning hit the school early Sunday morning during a bout of severe storms.

Firefighters say they were called at around 7:00 a.m. to the school after a teacher had gotten to the school early that morning and noticed smoke coming from the roof of the building. The teacher was there checking on some recently hatched chicks.

When Brownsburg Fire Territory firefighters showed up, they called for backup from other nearby departments. Eight in total answered the call.

“We called so many out because we had so much smoke,” said Nina Powell with the Brownsburg Fire Territory. “We just wanted to make sure the fire didn’t grow extensively or to other parts of the building. With the way the fire moved and how it started, we think this was lightning.”

No one was hurt by the fire, especially the chicks that were being checked on by the teacher.

“We are happy to say the chicks were relocated to an unaffected part of the building and are doing just fine,” the fire department wrote in a Facebook post.

Though school district leaders were confident that they could go ahead with classes for Monday, it was announced on social media late Sunday evening that school would be closed Monday, May 8th, out of an abundance of caution.