"On November 27, 2000, at 10:30 p.m., Fairfax County, Virginia, Fire and Rescue received a call from the Fairfax County Police Department reporting a fire at the Dogwood Elementary School in Reston, Virginia. The school was built in 1974 in an 'open classroom' design with demountable partitions as 'walls' between groups of four and six classrooms and between classrooms and halls. Measuring approximately 300' by 300', the school was a one story, noncombustible steel frame building with masonry exterior walls. Dogwood served grades kindergarten through six. [...] The school, valued at $12 million, was declared a total loss as a result of the fire. Eight months after the fire, following an intensive, thorough investigation, investigators determined the cause of the fire to be an electrical short in the building's plenum space, with the origin in Quadrant B of the structure."
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