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MCPHERSON COUNTY, Kansas — Officials with the Canton-Galva school district are assessing the damage done by a fire that broke out early Friday morning at the middle school.
A train conductor noticed smoke coming from the roof of the school’s gym just after 2:30.
Crews were on the scene minutes later, and began attacking the fire from inside and outside the building.
A ladder truck from the McPherson Fire Department was called in to assist.
The fire was finally put out about 3:40, but rekindled a short time later.
Crews then cut away some of the damaged roof to keep the fire from re-starting.
The damage was contained to the gymnasium.
It’s believed the fire was started by lightning during a heavy storm in the area at the time.
Seventeen members of the local fire department fought the blaze, along with seven personnel from McPherson.
School begins in four weeks but authorities don’t believe the fire will have much impact.
“We’ll assess the damage but we don’t think it will disrupt us. There will be some inconvenience but we’ll have to deal with it,” says Superintendent Bill Seidl. “I don’t see any reason why we couldn’t get started on time. We’ll just have to be flexible.”
Insurance representatives will investigate the damage today to determine the loss.