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West Carteret High School students thank fire department

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MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. -

A group of teenagers are thanking local firefighters for saving their high school from burning down.

On Monday students from the West Carteret High School marching band delivered baked goods to four fire stations in Morehead City as a tribute of thanks.

An electrical fire broke out less than a week ago inside their high school band room, causing thousands of dollars in damage.

Most of the band's 185 uniforms were damaged or destroyed, but the school is still standing. For that, the students are grateful.

"We have to contact the people to see if we can get some replacements, maybe our insurance can pay for it. I know the band is pulling together pretty well to clean up and try to get it back to normal," said Jarrett Swearingen, West Carteret High School band member.

The high school band teacher, Craig Everett, says the school has received about eight thousand dollars in donations to help pay for new uniforms. The school is planning a fundraiser on August 10 at the Friendly Market.

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A fire damaged the band room at West Carteret High School Wednesday afternoon. Investigators believe it started in the storage area of the room where the marching band's uniforms are kept.

Assistant Fire Chief Dykeman Baily tells 9 On Your Side the call came around 1pm Wednesday afternoon. Fire crews tracked the fire back to the band room which they found locked. Fire crews had to break down the doors of the band room to get to the fire.

Fire crews extinguished the fire in the storage room, but substantial damage was done to the uniforms. 9 On Your Side followed the band last year as they purchased new uniforms as part of their trip to perform in the Walt Disney World Christmas Day parade. Some uniforms came in direct contact with the fire while others just had smoke damage.

No students or staff were injured in the fire. The band's colorguard was holding a band camp, but were not using the band room at the time of the fire.

Morehead City Fire Chief Jamie Fulk says the building was damaged by the fire. The school has heavy smoke damage in two rooms. He says school system officials are evaluating the damage and cleanup crews are starting restoration.

For more on the band's trip to Disney click here.

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