Classes resume at Lake Elementary following classroom fire

The fire was discovered by students during a basketball game

Classes will resume Wednesday following fire at Lake Elementary

ST. AMANT, La. (WAFB) - School will resume on Wednesday, Jan. 29 after a fire broke out in a classroom at Lake Elementary School in St. Amant.

Fire investigators say the fire sparked just before 8 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27.

St. Amant Fire Chief James E. LeBlanc says two students discovered the fire while on their way to the restroom during a basketball game at the school.

“The quick response by these two students saved a lot of devastation to the school,” LeBlanc said.

Several volunteer firefighters were at the school’s basketball game and were able to alert other volunteer firefighters less than half a mile down LA 431.

A look at damage inside classroom 119 caused by a fire on Jan. 27, 2020, at Lake Elementary school in St. Amant, La.
A look at damage inside classroom 119 caused by a fire on Jan. 27, 2020, at Lake Elementary school in St. Amant, La. (Source: St. Amant Fire Department)

The fire in the classroom was out in less than ten minutes of firefighters being dispatched to the scene.

School was canceled Tuesday, Jan. 28 at Lake Elementary while crews assessed the extent of the damage. School leaders say all students and staff will return to campus Wednesday for a full day of classes.

The following message was released to parents Tuesday:

"Dear Lion Families,

All students and staff will return to campus tomorrow for a full day of teaching and learning. Our staff had a full day at Lake today making the campus ready for the return of our students.

The fire last night was contained to one classroom; however, smoke did make its way outside of the classroom. To give the contractors room to work without students in the way, we are relocating 1st and 5th grades to other locations on campus.

Our 5th-grade classrooms have moved to our new building where they will all remain until Classroom 119 is completely repaired and ready for students again. First-grade classes have relocated to the library and elective classrooms where they will remain until the immediate work to clean up is over.

All 1st and 5th grade students are to report to the cafeteria in the morning to meet their teacher who will lead them to the new classrooms.

Students in grades 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 8 will enter as they always have from either the bus or carpool but will then walk to class using a different path – we will have staff on duty to lead the way.

Students in PreK and K are not affected by any of these changes.

Thank you to our great school community for your support over the last couple days and for your continued support as we move forward with our recovery. After the Great Flood of 2016, our community rallied to make sure that every child grew each day. We will work through this new challenge and once again come out stronger.

Lion Pride – Nothing Less Than Success!"

LeBlanc says the fire was contained to a 5th grade classroom, room 119, which sustained heavy damage.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Classroom badly damaged in fire at Lake Elementary in St. Amant
Firefighters responded Monday night to a fire at Lake Elementary School in St. Amant.
Firefighters responded Monday night to a fire at Lake Elementary School in St. Amant. (Source: WAFB)

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