Animals saved in Cabarrus school fire

Firefighters said they were able to rescue several animals Tuesday night when fire damaged three buildings at Northwest Cabarrus High School.

The blaze was centered in a greenhouse adjacent to the school and spread to another agricultural building and an administrative center, fire officials said. No injuries were reported.

Kannapolis firefighters said they were called about 8:15 p.m. by school staff members still at work.

“School personnel working this evening noticed the smoke and quickly responded by calling 911,” said fire Division Chief Tracy Winecoff. “Their quick actions and early notification prevented the damage from being much worse.”

Firefighters were able to save two chinchillas, two guinea pigs and a hamster in one of the greenhouses.

The greenhouses are near a barn on the school campus, and Kannapolis fire officials said several neighbors stopped after the fire to check on the welfare of horses and other animals kept in the barn. Authorities said the blaze did not spread to the barn.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Damage was estimated at $70,000.