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Fire at Mill Valley High School, June 6


UPDATE:
Fire ruled accidental


From the City of Shawnee, KS, Fire Department
: – On June 6, 2019 at approximately 9:30pm, Shawnee fire crews responded to a reported building fire at Mill Valley High School located at 5900 Monticello Road. Shawnee fire crews arrived and found fire showing from the outside area of the portion of the high school that is under construction. Shawnee fire crews made a quick stop to the exterior fire and kept the fire from entering the high school.

Shawnee fire investigators have concluded their investigation into the fire and have determined that the fire was accidentally caused by demolition crews.... The metal and roofing material that was demolished was placed in a pile up against the exterior wall to the high school. Shawnee Fire Marshal Corey Sands stated, “The roofing material and foam roofing pieces used to insulate the roof actually insulated the fire for several hours when it was placed in a pile after the demolition."
 
There were no injuries during this fire.
 
From USD 232:  There is no fire or water damage to the interior. Fire contained to exterior of the facility. Some smoke did make its way inside. Steps were taken to remove smoke from the north side of the facility.
 
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June 6, 2019
USD 232 Families:
 
We are writing to keep you informed about a fire at Mill Valley High School on Thursday evening, June 6. 
 
The Shawnee Fire Department extinguished a fire that was contained to the outside/exterior of the school where demolition work is underway for the new expansion. According to fire crews, the flames thankfully did not make it inside the building, but some smoke made its way inside. The fire department is assisting with efforts to remove smoke from the north side of the school.
 
Construction crews began demolishing a portion of the school within the last few days to make way for an expansion on the north side of the building. The fire appears to have started in the area of the debris.
 
We are grateful that our emergency systems worked as planned, which is why the fire department arrived so quickly. There were no school activities taking place at the time of the fire and no fire damage to the interior.
 
The school district will know more on Friday once there is opportunity to get a full view of the situation.
 
Sincerely,
USD 232 Administration