Small fire at Exeter Township Senior High

A small fire in Exeter Township Senior High School’s chemistry department caused the school’s sprinkler system to activate and elicited a response from the Exeter Township Fire Department early Saturday morning April 20.

Around 6:40 a.m., the fire department was notified of a fire alarm going off at the high school. When crews arrived, they discovered the sprinkler system was activated, according to a press release from the Exeter Police.

Light smoke was found in parts of the building and “there was evidence of a small fire in one classroom.” The fire appeared to be contained to a three feet square area.

According to the police, the building sustained limited fire and smoke damage but two floors sustained water damage due to the sprinklers.


The fire’s cause remains under investigation by the township’s fire marshal.

Class is expected to go on as usual Monday, April 22, police said, and the school’s maintenance department “was notified and the process of mitigating the damage is well underway at this time.”