Fire at Decatur High School causes more than $65,000 worth of damage

DECATUR, Ala. -- A fire that started at Decatur High School late Friday evening has been estimated to have caused over $65,000 in damage.

Officials said the fire was contained to a storage area next to the band room and  that almost all of the band uniforms were destroyed. Cleanup efforts began Saturday afternoon.

Decatur City Schools Supervisor of Safety and Operations Dwight Satterfield said the estimated cost of damage includes clean up costs and the replacement of band uniforms. "With the uniforms we are looking at somewhere in the neighborhood of $35,000 to $40,000. We also have to replace cabinets and things of that nature. We are conservatively looking somewhere between $65,000 and $85,000," Satterfield explained.

Satterfield said insurance should cover the damages.

"We had a lot of help from our maintenance crew and administration here. We are very fortunate no one was injured," Satterfield said.

He added that since football season ended Friday, the band would not need new uniforms until concert and marching band season. He said fire crews believe the fire started because of an electrical issue.

While the city and Decatur High School appreciate the community's support, they want to make sure the public knows that there is NOT an authorized GoFundMe account or any other approved fundraising measure at this time. They do not want anyone to be misled into thinking they have contributed to an official account.

Decatur Mayor Tab Bowling recognized police officers who arrived first to the scene in a post on Facebook.