Crews respond to fire at elementary school in Frenchville

Published: Jul. 25, 2021 at 11:14 AM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2021 at 9:29 AM EDT
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FRENCHVILLE, Maine - On Sunday, July 25th, Just before 7:00 am, School in Frenchville caught on fire. nobody was in the building at the time. We spoke with Frenchville Fire Chief Peter Parent, who says they believe the fire started in the office.

“Then the gym, from there it went up to the roof and the metal roof is very hard to maintain. Took off on the roof in all directions” - Chief Parent.

The fire quickly spread throughout the entire building. Members of the community were on scene and shared what the school meant to them.

Jill Soucy, a mother of children who attend the school says “My childhood school is up in flames and it meant a lot to me, and it was always my wish to send my school here…It’s really tragic, it’s a big loss to our small community. "

Christina Beaulieu , an Ed Tech at the school adds ” Our little school is like a community, we all get together and it feels like a family, it’s hard to watch”

School administrators were on scene and they were in shock and disbelief.

Cheryl Hallowell , the principal of the school says ”This school quickly took a huge part of my heart… the community is amazing, the teachers that work here are phenomenal, the parents and students. It is the place to work.”

The weather was wet and windy, which made conditions worse to fight the fire.

Chief Parent comments “Well it makes it vent a lot faster and gives it oxygen and it escalates.” =

The cause of the fire is not yet known at this time, WAGM will continue cover this story.

MSAD 33 Superintendent Benjamin Sirois issued in a statement “We have already been in communication with the Department of Education and have been advised that they will work with us in the development of both short-term and long-term plans for elementary education in MSAD33... Please know that our short-term planning involves continued employment for all Dr. Levesque school staff as we plan to receive students on schedule for the 2021-2022 school year.”

This story will be updated.

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