CENTERVILLE — UPDATE, 9:34 p.m.: Centerville High School activities director Greg Fisher reports that as acknowledgement of the way students at the high school handled the fire situation Thursday, all high school students will be admitted into Friday's boys' basketball game against Chariton free of charge: Click here to read story.
Centerville High School was evacuated after a fire broke out in the teacher's lounge of the building Thursday afternoon. Centerville Schools Superintendent Tony Ryan, along with Centerville Fire Chief Mike Bogle, confirmed there were no injuries in the fire.
According to a press release from the Centerville Police Department received at approximately 6 p.m. Thursday, an investigation by the Centerville Police Department and the Centerville Fire Department determined the fire began in an electrical outlet and spread to a nearby couch. No foul play is suspected.
The fire prompted an early dismissal at all of the district’s buildings. Ryan said the decision to close all schools as a result of the fire at the high school was made for transportation and consistency reasons in notifying the parents and transporting children from school.
“Collaboratively we discussed administratively … with being user-friendly with the buses and the transportation fleet that … it was best to dismiss all students at the same time and communicate with parents on a consistent basis,” Ryan said. “We try to do that on every cancelation for our parents because of daycare or what have you.”
According to office personnel and Centerville High School principal Roger Raum, after the initial fire alarm sounded, a teacher who was in the office went to check on the location. The teacher observed flames in the room identified as the teacher’s lounge and shut the door to the room. A secondary announcement was then made ordering an evacuation of the building, while law enforcement, the administration building and the alarm company were informed about the fire.