Beaufort Co. elementary school reopening despite nearby toxic fire


BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) โ€” A South Carolina elementary is reopening for the first day of school despite a smoldering toxic fire in a 50-foot trash pile at a nearby recycling center.

News outlets report Beaufort County School District decided to open Okatie Elementary as scheduled on Monday. It says a sensor at the school shows the air is safe.

Teachers say it smells like burnt rubber inside the school and stings their eyes. Some 25 neighbors have evacuated.

The Environmental Protection Agency has found at least one hazardous substance in the area. Superfund money can now help put out the fire, which has burned since June at Able Contracting Inc.

County Superintendent Frank Rodriguez says there will be no outdoor school activities on Monday and extra nurses will be available as a precaution.

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