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A Thursday night fire originating in a heating and air-conditioning unit at Spring Ridge Middle School damaged the eighth-grade section containing nine classrooms, St. Mary’s schools officials reported Friday amid a cleanup at the site.

Classes will resume next Monday, April 29, under their normal schedule at the school located off Route 235 south of Lexington Park, according to the St. Mary’s public schools superintendent’s office, as four of the nine classrooms have been restored for use. A play scheduled to be performed today, Friday, and this Saturday, April 27, will be rescheduled to a later date. All weekend activities at the school have been canceled.

Bay District volunteer firefighters were dispatched shortly after 10 p.m. Thursday on an initial call that a bush was on fire in front of the school, and Ridge, 2nd District and Hollywood volunteer firefighters joined the response to douse the blaze that had spread into a front classroom, according to an online report by Hollywood Deputy Fire Chief Bryan Riley. Smoke was fully ventilated from the entire building within 45 minutes after the blaze was brought under control. Seventh District volunteer firefighters also were dispatched to supply water at the scene.

School officials reported Friday that the HVAC unit was located within an exterior wall.

jwharton@somdnews.com