Firefighters were called to a fire at a closed school in Lee County on Monday night.
The Sanford Fire Department reported that the Old Jonesboro Elementary School on Cox Maddox Road was the location of the fire.
Fire chief Matt Arnold said the first call came in at 7:04 p.m. When he arrived, there was considerable smoke and flames.
Firefighters are anticipated to remain on the scene “for several hours,” according to Arnold, who stated that the fire was controlled around 8:40 p.m. but noted that the location is still highly active.
According to the fire department, there were no injuries, and an investigation will start tonight or early Tuesday.
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“With the ground as wet as it is, it would be a challenge for us,” Arnold said. “We will have to tear the building apart a little bit. The roof is a metal roof and it collapsed in the building. To see where it started, we got to get that roof out of the way.”
According to Arnold, the school system kept outdated desks and other furnishings.
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