Abandoned Scott Co. school building heavily damaged in fire, arson suspected

The Scott Co. Sheriff’s Department confirms to WKYT that an abandoned school building was damaged in a fire early Monday morning.
Published: May. 30, 2022 at 6:46 AM EDT
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SCOTT Co., Ky. (WKYT) - The Scott Co. Sheriff’s Department confirms to WKYT that an abandoned school building was damaged in a fire early Monday morning.

Crews are still hosing down what’s left of the old Sadieville school.

The mayor said the building has been abandoned for decades, but so many memories were made inside its walls.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Department told us the schoolhouse caught fire around 2:00 Monday morning. Hours later, the fire department said arson is strongly suspected.

The City of Sadieville said on its Facebook page that the building would have been 100 years old in 2024.

The Sadieville mayor said he tried multiple times to schedule meetings with the owners of the building but they failed to show up. He said the building had structural issues and asbestos inside.

Still, he said he wanted to find a safe way to rehabilitate it, but now it’s too late.

WKYT’s Shelby Lofton talked to a few people who spent years at the school, learning in the classrooms and playing on the jungle gym that once stood outside. They said what happened to their old school building is a tragedy.

“People still drive by and they feel that nostalgia, that pull to what ultimately probably was a simpler time for them because that was more of a rural community and things didn’t have the hustle and bustle they do now. So it was, it was just simpler. People grew their own food that you know hunted in it, and it was just a simpler and easier time and it’s just heartbreaking that they said that this has happened,” former student Joyce Mullins said.

Fortunately, nobody was hurt in the fire. Firefighters said the person or people who set the fire will face felony charges.

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