Fire Engulfs Local Middle School

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KILLEEN (September 22, 2012) -- Fire crews from around Bell County spent several hours on Saturday fighting a massive blaze that consumed a Central Texas School.

The first call for a fire at Gateway Middle School, an alternative school for 6th-12th graders, came in at 3:42 p.m.

Once on scene, Killeen firefighters asked for aid from the Fort Hood, Nolanville, Harker Heights, and Temple Fire Departments.

In less than thirty minutes the building was engulfed.

The roof on the east side of the building collapsed and a portion of Zephyr drive was shut down for several hours as crews battled the fire..

More than forty first responders assisted Killeen firefighters.

Killeen ISD. spokesperson, Leslie Gilmore, said she was thankful for the work the first responders did and that the district would work through out the weekend to determine what to do with the roughly 200 students displaced.

The district is encouraging parents to check the districts Facebook and Connect Ed site for information about classes.

Though the school district was unable to estimate the cost of the damage, Killeen F.D. estimates that damages will be in the millions.

As of Saturday night the cause of the fire is still unknown and no injuries were reported.