The Texas State Fire Marshal has ruled that a fire that ruined an elementary school gym back on June 11 was accidental, and likely electrical in nature.
School officials say it could take a year to rebuild the gym.
Akin Elementary School principal, Jackie King, received a call about smoke and flames coming from the gym around 1:58 a.m. Fire crews responded to the scene within five minutes.
The Hale Center and Halfway Volunteer Fire Departments battled the blaze for nearly five hours.
The fire was restricted to the gym on the west side of the school building. Crews are calling the gym a total loss.
"The fire itself is pretty well confined to the gym, but the rest of the building sustained significant smoke and heat damage," Hale Center Fire Chief Ronald Groves said.
Fortunately, no important school records were destroyed.
According to Groves, the State Fire Marshal is calling the fire accidental and electrical in nature.
Summer school sessions scheduled to take place in the gym were canceled on Tuesday. Carl Krug, Hale Center Independent School District Superintendent, says school officials sent out an automated call to the students' families about the incident. They have arranged for 29 kids to attend sessions at Carr Middle School beginning Wednesday.
"We have a breakfast and lunch program and that's been moved over to the other campus also," said Krug.
Krug says he is very pleased with how everyone handled the situation.
"School starts August 27th. I'm hoping we'll have our classrooms cleaned up and ready to go on August 27th," Krug said.
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