Fire at Del Rey Elementary School

Fire at Del Rey Elementary School

A fire at an elementary school in Del Rey has left school administrators with a new work load just one week before school starts.
A fire at an elementary school in Del Rey has left school administrators with a new work load just one week before school starts.

The fire started at Del Rey Elementary School on Jefferson and Morro Avenue. CAL FIRE says electrical wires in the attic sparked the fire. Smoke quickly filled several classrooms and the auditorium. Drawing concerned neighbors out of their homes.

"Me and my cousin were playing Xbox and then we heard the fire truck and then I saw smoke and I saw my school on fire," Blas Cruz, who attends Del Rey Elementary said.

Blas starts fourth grade this year and says he was afraid for his school.

Thanks to the quick action of firefighters the fire was contained quickly. The district says the first day of school will not be delayed.

"We do not anticipate any disruption to our students schedules or to our employees reporting back tomorrow," Nettie Niles, with Sanger Unified said. "Power is shut off right now for safety reasons but we are hoping it will be back on tomorrow."

Firefighters are calling the blaze a best case scenario. The design of the school and fire walls kept the fire isolated to just the speech room. Making it easier to put out. The district says damage is minimal.

"The classroom and the speech room actually where the fire had started just has some damage along the walls and up along the top of the attic," Niles said.

Niles said the elementary school is one of the oldest in the district. Loosing it would have meant losing a piece of the area's history.

"We are really lucky because this site is over 100 years old. Had this fire taken place at any other time we could have lost the whole building," Niles said.

No one was inside of the building at the time. Teachers are returning to campus Thursday to prep for classes. School starts August 21.
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