RICKREALL, Ore. – Sixty students managed to safely get out when their school caught fire on Thursday afternoon. Their school building, however, was a total loss.
The fire burned the Eola Hills Charter School in Rickreall. Amity Fire Chief Bruce Hubbard said the old wood building burned quickly.
He said none of the school’s students was injured. Staff managed to get the students all out before firefighters even arrived.
The students were sent home for the day.
Firefighters from around Polk County were called in to help. They had to truck in water because there are no fire hydrants in the area.
Hubbard said the building had no fire stops or sprinklers and was quickly engulfed in flames. The fire started around 1:30 p.m.
It’s not clear how the fire started. State fire investigators were on the scene Thursday afternoon.
The school was formerly known as Ballston Community School.