West Carteret High School Fire Causes Estimated $100,000+ Damage

Damage is expected to exceed $100,000 after fire damaged a high school band storage room Wednesday.

A fire alarm around 12:50 p.m. alerted Morehead City firefighters to West Carteret High School.

When crews arrived heavy black smoke was coming out of the storage room as school employees were using fire extinguishers to battle the blaze.

Firefighters say the blaze was extinguished in a short time, but smoke damage is significant. The school district says the band uniforms, which were bought just last year, were destroyed.

The fire department says the fire was accidental, starting near an older electrical outlet.

Despite high temperatures, firefighters say there were no injuries.

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A fire Wednesday afternoon destroyed brand new band uniforms at West Carteret High School.

Morehead City police say the fire broke out around 12:45 p.m.

A school system spokesperson says the fire started in the band storage area. New uniforms purchased last year with the help of band boosters and the community were a total loss.

Smoke managed to get into one wing of the high school, but caused no significant damage.

The color guard was practicing at the time and was evacuated from the school as well as the skeleton staff on hand.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire.