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Schools Closed Today In Catawba County Due To Fire (Updated 9:51 a.m., 12/19/23)

Multiple schools in Catawba County were closed today (December 19) as a result of power outages stemming from a fire. The locations affected were St. Stephens Feeder Schools. The structure fire occurred in the area of 3381 Springs Road NE. The structure was an abandoned dwelling. The blaze caused extensive power outages and closed a portion of Springs Road. Springs Road was closed this morning from Kool Park Road to Section House Road.

The following schools were closed today: St. Stephens High School, St. Stephens Elementary School, Arndt Middle School, Clyde Campbell Elementary School, Snow Creek Elementary School, and Webb A. Murray Elementary School.

The school system is actively working on determining the impact on the high school exam schedule and will communicate any changes or updates at the earliest convenience. Staff members who were able to work from home were encouraged to do so. Officials said a decision on whether schools will remain closed Wednesday (December 20) was to be made at a later time.

As of approximately 10 a.m. today, Duke Energy reported 2,448 customers without power in Catawba County. There are no reports of any injuries as a result of the fire. The cause is still being investigated.