FRANKLIN COUNTY, Ala. – A fire broke out in the computer lab at West Elementary School in Russellville on Tuesday morning.
Due to the fire, West Elementary School was closed on Tuesday, November 12.
The fire was called in around 1:45 a.m and Russellville fire crews responded quickly to contain it. Officials say the computer lab was the only room that received extensive damage however there is smoke damage and soot accumulation in other parts of the school.
Superintendent Heath Grimes says that rooms with soot accumulation must be cleaned before students are allowed back in, but he’s hopeful they will be soon. “I think we can get students back in by the end of the week. I’m not sure that it’ll be all students and I’m not sure if it’ll be all day but we’re working on a plan that we could have students back on campus by Thursday or Friday,” said Grimes.
Grimes adds that the cost to renovate the computer lab could be $300,000 to $400,000 and the cost to replace all the damaged technology could exceed that. He estimates the restoration will be completed by May at the earliest.