By Jenny Sharp
Lakewood, WA — At approximately 4:30 a.m. this morning, the Lakewood Fire Department responded to a fire at Clover Park Technical College, located at 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW. A custodian at the college called 911 when he saw flames coming from the building. Crews arrived to find smoke and flames visible from the back side of a portable.
This portable was used for early childhood education and contained classrooms and offices. There were storage sheds behind the building, where teaching materials were stored, which caught fire and burned to the ground.
This two-alarm fire was declared under control at 9:48 a.m. Firefighters worked to put out the flames, but had difficulty due to an inaccessible space in the roof where the fire was located.
The building was not occupied at the time of the fire, nor were there any injuries. The cause is currently under investigation.
UPDATE FROM CLOVER PARK TECHNICAL COLLEGE
A fire broke out at Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood, 4500 Steilacoom Blvd SW at approximately 4:30 a.m., October 8, 2008. The fire was in Building 39, a portable for the Early Care and Education job training program on the west side of the campus. The building was vacant at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported. The other portable buildings in the area did not suffer any damage.
“Our number one priority is the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff,” said Dr. John Walstrum, president of Clover Park Technical College. “We are working diligently with investigators from the Lakewood Fire Department and will do everything we can to preserve the safety of our college while the investigation continues.”
Dr. Walstrum has been in communication with Charlie Earl, director of the Washington State Board of Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC). Earl is aware of the fire and the financial impacts of the incident. The College is working with SBCTC to ensure the quality of education for students is not impacted by the event.
The fire did not cancel classes. Students who reported to classes in the portable area were instructed to meet at the McGavick Student Center, Building 23, where they were directed to other classrooms on campus for their job training.
For more information about Clover Park Technical College, please contact the College Relations Department, (253) 589-5732.