Early Monday morning, firefighters battled a blaze at Trenton Elementary School that destroyed the far west end of the school and left it in an “unsafe condition” with extensive damage.
“As most of you know, the lower elementary building was damaged early this morning by a fire and the damage is extensive,” said Trenton ISD superintendent Jeremy Strickland. “While this is heartbreaking news for our community, we are grateful that no one was in the building or injured as a result of the fire.”
Shortly after midnight, Fannin County dispatch received a call of a fire at the school and upon arrival, heavy flames were coming from the windows and roof.
Strickland said no one will be allowed on the property until further notice and Texas State Fire Marshal has been requested to investigate the cause of the fire.
“At this time, we are not ready to make a decision on what the school week will look like for our elementary students or the district. Our administration team is meeting early today to discuss our course of action and an announcement will be made later today regarding returning to school for all campuses.”
The road in front of the school will be closed off for an extended period of time.
“On behalf of Trenton ISD, I want to thank all of the firefighters, and paramedics from surrounding communities for their heroic efforts to contain the fire. I also want to thank all the individuals who showed up to provide those fighting the fire with bottled water and towels to keep them cool. Lastly, I want to thank everyone who showed up to pray for the firefighters, paramedics, and our school.”
Trenton Fire Rescue, Bonham Fire, Leonard Fire, Randolph Volunteer Fire/Rescue, Westminster Fire, Whitewright Fire, Bonham EMS and Fannin County Office of Emergency Management all responded to the fire.
“Throughout all my years in this district, we have always risen to the occasion when faced with a challenge or uncertainty. Rest assured, we will formulate a plan to take care of and provide for our students and staff during this challenge. That’s what Tigers do, they take care of each other. We appreciate your continued support, thoughts, and prayers as we navigate this difficult time.”
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