Cassadaga School Chemistry Lab Spontaneously Catches Fire Tuesday

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SINCLAIRVILLE – A Chemistry Lab at Cassadaga Valley Central School District caught fire spontaneous on Tuesday morning.

The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office Fire Investigation Team says HAZMAT crews responded to the school just after 11:30 a.m. after the fire alarm activated from a lab within the building.

Firefighters determined a small fire inside the lab put it self out before crews arrived.

Through investigation, firefighters say an amount of flash paper that was being stored in a plastic tote appears to have ignited by spontaneous combustion.

Flash paper, crews say, is special tissue paper that when dry is highly flammable and can be ignited for a quick flash of fire. Flash paper is often used in theater productions or by magicians.

The fire has been ruled accidental.

The Sinclairville Fire Department was assisted by Gerry and Cassadaga Fire Department’s along with the County HAZMAT team.


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