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Historic Waco School, Other Buildings Catch Fire

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A weekend fire that destroyed a historic, long-shuttered elementary school in Waco is under investigation.

The fire at the former Sanger Avenue Elementary School early
yesterday morning was one of three within blocks of one another.

When the blaze at the 104-year-old school was reported,
firefighters were still at a fire at the empty Townhouse Hotel four
blocks away. Late Friday night, crews had responded to a small fire
at a defunct restaurant.

A spokesman for the Waco Fire Department said no injuries were
reported from the fires, which are all being investigated.

The acting assistant fire chief said yesterday that officials
had not determined if the fires were related or whether they'll be
investigated as arson. Attempts by The Associated Press to reach
fire officials today were not immediately successful.

The school, built around 1904, was closed by the school district
in 1974. It was briefly a Head Start location but has remained
unused since. Two Waco attorneys bought the property in the
mid-1980s.

Designed by Waco architect Milton Scott, the building had a
cupola, a rotunda, an upstairs auditorium and arches.

Waco architect B.J. Greaves told the Waco Tribune-Herald that it
takes away from Waco's history to lose a building like the school.


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