Fire

Jul 18, 2013 4:54 AM

School Building In Robertson County Burns

Fire burned through a Robertson County school building Wednesday night.

A witness spotted flames shooting from the second floor of the Deming School on North Main Street in Mt. Olivet around 10:30 p.m. Flames spread through the building, leaping high into the air. Firefighters from at least six departments battled the blaze.

The building was closed back in January and was slated for demolition. That didn't seem to minimize the sense of sadness of some town residents as they watched it burn.

"There's a lot of people on the street tonight, a lot of emotion and sadness. I've been here 20 years and spent much of my career in that building. It's very hard to watch." Robertson County Schools superintendent Chuck Brown said.

Neighbors brought firefighters water as crews battled the heat and flames.

There were no reported injuries.

Firefighters have not determined what caused the fire, but the fire chief said he found it suspicious in light of recent vandalism in the building. Police charged five boys with breaking into the school and smashing property inside back in March.

Officials say a state fire investigator will comb through the building later Thursday to search for evidence.

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