TOPEKA, Kan.-- A small fire broke out on the roof of Farley Elementary just before 10 p.m. on Saturday. 15-year-old Brittney Hiegert and her father noticed flames on the roof as they were driving by the building and drove directly to the fire department nearby to get help.
As the temperatures dropped, fire crews arrived within minutes and began to investigate.
Mission Township Fire Chief Forrest Walter said flames and smoke could be seen coming from the roof of the building upon arrival. He said crews were able to contain the fire quickly and prevent it from spreading.
USD 437 Superintendent Dr. Brenda Dietrich said construction crews had been working on the roof earlier in the day.
Fire officials suspect materials used on the the roof earlier in the day caught fire. They will continue to investigate.
Superintendent Dietrich said it could have been a lot worse people driving by not noticed the flames and sought help. Dr. Dietrich says the fire affected only a small part of the roof of the building.
A statement posted on the USD 437 website says:
"Saturday night there was a small fire at the new Farley Elementary School under construction near 33rd and Urish. At this point it appears to have been roofing material ignited by something related to work being done on the building earlier in the day. Damage is expected to be minimal if at all."