COLONIE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Just after 6:30 on Thursday morning, calls were put out for a structure fire at the Boght Hills Elementary School.

There are no injuries to students, teachers or staff.

Michael Romano, Colonie Deputy Fire Coordinator, told NEWS10 that the fire was found by custodians inside the cafeteria and the crews were able to contain it to that area. But there “extensive damage” to the cafeteria, and smoke damage in 75 percent of the building.

As expected, the school will not be able to be used “any time soon.” But, the chief said that because of the timing, repairs can continue through next week while students are on Spring Break.

Additionally, there are no road closures in the area.

In response to the fire, Dr. Joseph Corr, Superintendent of Schools, sent out the following notice:

Dear parents/guardians,

Please note, due to a structural fire at Boght Hills Elementary School, there will be no school for BH K-3 students today, Thursday, April 1. There will be no remote learning for BH K-3 students. All other K-3 elementary schools are open as scheduled today. Additionally, BH 4-6 students at SJHS will have school as scheduled. All fully remote students will have school as scheduled.

Fire and police are currently on the scene at Boght Hills. Fire and place arrived at the scene prior to students and teachers entering the building for the day. We will update our families when we receive more information.


D. Joseph Corr
Superintendent of Schools