Sunday Fire Cancels Class

By: Erica Proffer
By: Erica Proffer

School officials are still cleaning up what they can after a fire swept through the school Sunday morning.

Fire officials were on the scene within a few minutes and officials say it took about two hours to take control.

At this point no foul play is expected.

"Right now, it looks to be electrical. Unintentional electrical at this point," says Clayton Fire Chief, Ken Killingsworth.

Two rooms were completely destroyed, while three others are being closed down for safety reasons. Plus, the school's cafeteria will no longer be in use.

The kid's food will be cooked at the near-by high school and then brought over.

The students will turn half of the gym into the new dining hall.

There are around 350 kids at the primary school. Of that, about 80 kids will be displaced from the fire that occurred in the building.

"You know, everybody assumes that when you leave a building on Friday, it’s going to be there when you come back on Monday. But I guess we see now that things can happen really fast," says Barbour County Primary School Principal Fred Cooper.

Officials don't know how much the fire damage will cost, but they expect to get money to repair and rebuild from insurance and the state.

Leaders say there is not enough money in the local school budget to significantly help.

Cooper says the damage could have been worse, if it wasn't for the quick response from many area fire departments, which were mostly volunteers.

School officials canceled class on Monday, but they will resume Tuesday.

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