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Fire Damages Wing of Lizana Elementary

July 9, 2008

By Melissa M. Scallan, The Sun Herald, Biloxi, Miss.

Jul. 9–GULFPORT — A fire at Lizana Elementary School on Tuesday night damaged a wing of the school, said George Mixon, fire coordinator for Harrison County.

Two classrooms received heavy damage, and the rest of the wing, including the main office, suffered smoke damage and some water damage, Mixon said.

Firefighters were investigating the incident late Tuesday and didn’t know the cause, Mixon said. No one was injured in the blaze.

Mixon said the call came in at 5:46 p.m. Tuesday, and the first unit was on the scene four minutes later. There were 10 fire trucks on the scene. Firefighters from Lizana Volunteer Fire Department, city of Gulfport and North Woolmarket responded.

The fire was out by 8 p.m.

The county arson investigator was on the scene, which is routine, Mixon said. He also called the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, as well as the state Fire Marshal.

The Red Cross also arrived after the fire was put out, Mixon said.

Henry Arledge, superintendent of the Harrison County School District, was at the school, as well as county Supervisor Marlin Ladner.

Arledge said that of the school’s 28 classrooms, 24 received either fire, smoke or water damage. The cafeteria, library and administration offices also were damaged. Arledge said the only classrooms not damaged were in a separate building.

Mixon said Lizana Quick Stop donated Gatorade and water for the firefighters.

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