- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - The Mississippi Department of Education headquarters will be closed for up to a week after a nearby fire started the building’s sprinkler system.

The department, in a news release Tuesday, said the building will be closed for the next five to seven days for safety reasons. Department spokeswoman Patrice Guilfoyle says water accumulated Sunday on the second floor of the former Central High School in downtown Jackson. Authorities say a survey of the building found the smoke and water damage to be more extensive than initially estimated.

She says department employees who usually work in the building are being asked to work from home or an alternate location as directed by their supervisors.

The fire happened in a trash bin between the Marriott hotel and the education building.

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