School Officials Say School Isn't Ready After Fire

By: Dara Rees Email
By: Dara Rees Email

Harlan County High School officials are taking at least one more day to repair damages from a fire that broke out early Monday morning.

Contractors just started their demolitions and repairs Tuesday and say they hope to have the school open and functioning as soon as possible.

The state fire marshal and police are still working to find out what sparked the fire.

The state fire marshal says the fire is suspicious.

He collected samples of Accelerant F in the third floor bathroom where the fire started.

The exact cause is still unknown, but Broderick says arson is an option.

Contractors say the fire damaged a wire that would have triggered a fire alarm.

“Right now we are observing the fire alarm system and other wiring, we have about three different wire cabling running through there, and at this point we're trying to find the damage on it,” Don Parker said.

“They had some electrical wiring that was damaged by the fire, but it was restricted just to the bathroom itself,” Broderick said.

As the investigation continues, contractors are working around the clock to get the school open as soon as possible.

Principal Bob Howard says he's waited long enough and is ready to get students into the classroom.

School officials say they are taking things one day at a time, but say if there is no school on Thursday, they will wait until September second to open.

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