Fire destroys elementary school near Beaumont

Fire destroys elementary school near Beaumont

Credit: KFDM

Deputy Rod Carroll with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tells KFDM News the fire has already caused the roof to collapse and is burning the building.

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by KFDM.com & KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 18, 2014 at 7:34 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 18 at 7:34 AM

HAMSHIRE, Texas -- Flames damaged Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School in Jefferson County, southwest of Beaumont, early Tuesday.

Deputy Rod Carroll with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tells KFDM News the fire caused the roof to collapse.

Carroll says someone called the Sheriff's Office at about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday to report the fire at the school south of Interstate 10 off Burrell Wingate Road, near Highway 365. Firefighters from Hamshire, Labelle-Fannett, Cheek, China and Beaumont are fighting the flames, along with firefighters from three other departments.  Carroll says he expects firefighters to remain on the scene throughout the day.

Fire and smoke were pouring out of the building when firefighters arrived. They had to leave the building at about 3:30 a.m. for their own safety and continued fighting the flames from the outside of the school.

No injuries are reported.

Carroll says the school had undergone renovations during the summer. The building is about 60 years old.  

The superintendent, Pamela Morris, tells Haley Bull they're thankful the fire broke out at night when students and staff were away and that everyone is okay. Morris has canceled school for all students in the district, including elementary, middle and high school. The district will keep students, parents and staff updated on future plans.

Investigators say they're trying to determine what caused the fire.

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