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July 2, 2014

Emergency meeting set by school board

Woodward, Okla. — A fire likely caused by a lightening strike to a nearby transformer could possibly impact middle schoolers as they return for the fall semester, said Interim Superintendent of Woodward Schools Kyle Reynolds.

An emergency meeting of the Woodward School Board will convene at 1 p.m. today in the Woodward School Administration Building in order that an emergency be declared for insurance and regulation purposes, Reynolds said.

The fire severely damaged about a 50 to 60 square foot portion of the north Woodward Middle School campus, Reynolds said. But nearly the entire building has been damaged by smoke and some of it was still sitting in water Monday morning, Reynolds said.

According to Reynolds, the fire traveled up and in between the false ceiling and then spread throughout the building traveling sideways and sending smoke damage throughout.

"I do want to take a moment to give a shout out to the Woodward firefighters," Reynolds said. "The shift captain had not laid his head down for more than 10 minutes when he got this call because they had been out at a wreck before this. They just got here and got after it and knocked it down so fast."

Reynolds said when he first got into the building, he was unaware that he was in a building that was burning.

It was when firefighters got there and punched a hole in the ceiling that we saw that the whole ceiling was burning up there.

Last year, the school used eight classrooms in the middle school and two offices.

"Our goal is to be able to use the five classrooms in the southern most portion of the north campus building," Reynolds said. "But we before we do that we have to meet with the architects, engineers and electricians and make determine how much damage has been done electrically and structurally."

The area most damaged was being used by the Woodward County Extension Service. Extension employees have been scrambling to get a new temporary home while they await the completion of the Woodward County Fairgrounds project.

The likely shuffling of more students comes on top of an already shifting classroom schedule because of planned renovations for the school related to the recently passed school bond issue, Reynolds said.

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