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Fire damages former Chicora Elementary School being renovated by Metanoia

Staff Report //February 11, 2020//

Fire damages former Chicora Elementary School being renovated by Metanoia

Staff Report //February 11, 2020//

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The former Chicora Elementary School in North Charleston being renovated by Metanoia was damaged by a fire over the weekend that began in the auditorium.

The North Charleston Fire Department said in a news release that it responded to a call shortly before 2 a.m. Saturday, along with the Charleston and St. Andrews fire departments and Charleston County Emergency Medical Services.

The fire did not allow crews to enter the building, the North Charleston department said, but ladder trucks and large hose lines were used to fight the fire.

No injuries were reported in the fire, and an investigation is underway.

Metanoia began construction on the former school building in December, preparing to convert about half of it into a new campus for Allegro Charter School of Music, as well as an early childhood center, studio space for artists and a performing arts center.

The Rev. Bill Stanfield, CEO of Metanoia, said in an email to the nonprofit’s supporters that it is committed to completing the project and that the fire was contained to the auditorium and adjacent classrooms.

“We are a resilient community,” he wrote.

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