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Fire Destroys Former School Building in Harrison County

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UPDATE:

The State Fire Marshal's Office is continuing to investigate last month's fire at the former Wyatt School in Harrison County.

Fire marshals said they still haven't determined what caused that fire, as power was turned off at the time, and crews at the scene said the building was vacant.

Several departments from Harrison and Marion Counties battled that fire for several hours. The building was a total loss.

ORIGINAL STORY:

Several fire departments from Harrison and Marion counties battled a fire at the former Wyatt School building in Harrison County Monday morning.

Harrison County 911 officials said they dispatched crews to Joetown Road in Wyatt around 1:30 a.m. Jan. 27.

"When we first arrived on the scene, the fire was fully involved on the first two floors, not the basement area, but the first two floors," said Shinnston Fire Department Chief Doug Gregory. "The roof was already burnt off of it."

Fire departments from Lumberport, Spelter, Nutter Fort, Bridgeport, Worthington, Mannington and Monongah all responded to the scene, as well as Harrison County EMS and Mon Power.

Gregory said road conditions and a limited supply of water were initially problematic for crews, but that they were able to get the flames under control.

"The fire had already progressed to the decaying stage. We just went into a defense mode, put Ladder 101 in the air, and we tried to get a primary source to the ladder truck, which we have at this time," said Gregory.

Crews battled the fire for several hours and were still putting out flames at various points around the building around 6 a.m. Monday.

No injuries were reported, as the building is believed to have been empty during the time of the fire.

Gregory said crews were able to contain the fire to the school building itself and were able to save its old gymnasium, which is adjacent to the other building.

There has been no official word yet on the cause of the fire.