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Fire that damaged local elementary school called suspicious

(photo by: Kathleen Serie)
(photo by: Kathleen Serie)(KWTX)
Published: Oct. 26, 2017 at 10:34 PM CDT
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Officials are describing a fire that broke out at a Belton local elementary school, forcing students to relocate temporarily Friday, as suspicious.

No further details were released.

The fire broke out just after 8:30 p.m. Thursday in a small section of the main hallway at Leon Heights Elementary School.

Flames were visible on the roof of the school when the first crews arrived, but damage was limited to a door, a skylight structure and ceiling tiles, officials said.

While staff members cleaned up and fire officials investigated Friday at the school, Leon Heights students were moved temporarily to the district’s administration building, which used to be a school.

Classes will be held as usual Monday on the Leon Heights campus.

“I’m incredibly proud of our teachers and staff for their work. Their priority for today was taking care of our children, and they did it well. Students were actively engaged in meaningful learning and seemed to enjoy being at the administration building. And we loved having them here,” Belton Superintendent Dr. Susan Kincannon said.

“I’m also grateful to our parents for their support. It truly was a collaborative effort.”

The fire was the second at the school in the last 15 years.

In 2002 an electrical fire broke out in a teacher’s lounge that caused significant damage.

(Kathleen Serie contributed to this story)

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